Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Not Florence Nightingale

"You've got to be tough as nails to be an Emergency Nurse," he says, recounting his time in Liverpool. "They're a special breed."


"There was this one time there was this girl lying on the waiting room floor, right? Screaming hysterically. Everyone had come out with the trolley and were standing over her."

"Get up!" the Emergency Triage Nurse screamed at her, exasperated by how melodramatic this teenage girl was behaving.

"GET UP!" she yelled again. "I've just had my hernia operation and if you think I'm going to lift you up, you're fuckin' mistaken, so GET UP!"

The others around her lifted the girl up and threw her onto the trolley before they wheeled her into the department.

"We found out later that the young girl had this massive frontal lobe brain tumour when we scanned her head, and that was probably why she behaved the way she did. I went up and told the Emergency Triage Nurse about the result, and you know what she said?"

"Well," she just shrugged unapologetically, "the rest of them are fuckin' dickheads anyway."

He laughs while recounting the story.

"Tough as nails," he shakes his head. "You've just got to be tough as nails."


wearniceskirt said...

WoOOoT! I love nurses like that.. Just what we need to make druggies who come in our wards hopin for some free morphine or methadone the right dose of slapping around man.. Seriously this guy that came in just fell to the ground slow mo ala matrix claiming he was in so much pain. Lame.

mellowdramatic said...

Hahaha! Love the picture of Mat Matrix falling slowly to the ground in pain!

I guess he should have chosen the Blue Pill instead! :)