Although we would all like to think we don’t make assumptions about people we meet, it truly is just human nature. Sometimes those assumptions are good and true; however, some can be bad or wrong. Either way, assumptions happen as we try to fill in the blanks of life. Here are eight assumptions that should never be made about nurses.

  1. Just because we are sitting at that rare moment, doesn’t mean we are “doing nothing”.

    So much of a nurses’ job involves critical thinking, planning, and documenting.

  2. Don’t assume the nurse is not paying attention to you.

    It’s quite the contrary; as you are talking we are assessing everything about you including your mentation, orientation, respiratory effort, and general circulatory status. Oh, and the best place to put an IV! (Even in the grocery store.)

  3. Just because we appear “mature” in age, doesn’t mean we have been a nurse for a long time.

    Don’t get me wrong, some have been holding down this great profession and leading the way for years, however, nursing is full of second career professionals. Don’t let appearances fool you!

  4. You can’t assume that most nurses went into nursing because they couldn’t get into medical school.

    Most nurses chose nursing.

  5. Also, don’t assume most of us went into nursing to just marry a doctor.

    This is certainly the quickest way to annoy us!

  6. Never assume that what you see on TV about nurses is true.

    Although Grey’s Anatomy is a fun drama, most nurses work hard and are valuable members of the healthcare team. In fact, the nursing staff typically does most of what you see the doctors doing in these type of shows.

  7. Do not assume we want to harm or hurt you.

    Most of our time is spent trying to find ways to make you better, restore your help, and get you back on your feet. But like taking off a band aid, sometimes it hurts.

  8. Don’t assume we are there just to pass your medications and change some dressing.

    The nurse is the only one at the bedside 24 hours a day, coordinating your care, using their vast knowledge of health, medicine, and science.

What assumptions would you add to the list? Let’s hear them!