15 Nurses Have Revealed The Craziest Secrets That Patients Probably Shouldn't Hear About

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When it comes to high-pressure careers, nursing is 100% one of the top players on that list. Over-worked, underpaid, and a lot of the time they're taken for granted or verbally/physically abused by the very same people they're trying to help. Kinda makes you think why anyone would ever bother becoming one in the first place, doesn't it?

It’s also a job that has a great need for confidentiality… especially when it comes to those “behind the scenes” stories that you never really get to hear (and in some cases that’s probably for the best). 

"behind the scenes"

However, thank you to a website you may possibly be aware of called Whisper, which is a place were people from all over the world can contribute certain secrets anonymously. And as it turns out, there’s a whole bunch of nurses who took to the website to unload some of their very own experiences while on the job.


Some are funny, some are unique, and some are absolutely heartbreaking… but they’re all absolutely true.

1. “I’m a nurse. One of my critical patients was worried about his dog and the fact that he didn’t have any family. I promised to go get his dog. He passed away. I still have his dog.”

Not only is this incredible because let’s face it, anyone willing to help someone be with their beloved animals is A-Okay in my books, but also because this nurse was amazing enough to take the pooch in after it poor owner passed away. 10/10 absolutely outstanding service… even if it’s not technically “medical”.

2. I got ‘Nurse of the Month’… None of my co-workers know I rush home to smoke pot after work.

Look, before you, all start setting bales of hay on fire and sharpening your pitchforks… just relax. I am ALL for hardworking nurses lighting one up after a hard day if it helps them chill out a little. I mean, this nurse was just named Nurse of the Month… so obviously the pot can’t be hindering their skills, can it!?

3. I’m a labor and delivery nurse, and while I may seem strong when I’m with you, I will always sob hysterically in my car after my shift when I have a patient that loses a baby.

I think this is a very important thing to remember; doctors and nurses are human too. They have feelings, they have emotions. Yes, okay so they go through rigorous training to try and help them to handle their emotional reactions during tragic times, but hey, sometimes it gets too much even for them.

4. My first night as an Emergency Room nurse involved fighting to save my best friend’s life. When I said best friends forever, I meant it.

This is another great thing to remember; sometimes the people these hardworking nurses treat will be their very own friends and family. Can you imagine having that kind of responsibility on your hands? The pressure you would feel!? No, neither can I.

5. So I got “married” today. To an 8-year-old leukemia patient that died 3 hours later. She died happy, at least. Sometimes that’s the best a nurse can hope for.

I feel like I may have seen a video similar to this story before, and honestly, it tore me up for days. In a lot of cases, these nurses are the last people their patients will see and/or interact with – especially during the last few days of their lives, and it’s so very important for them to be left with happy, loving memories!

6. I once pretended to miss a patient’s vein so I could stick them 3 times due to their bad attitude.

Yep, won’t lie… I would do that too. How could you not? It’s not just your freakin’ waiters and waitresses you should be nice to folks!

7. Being a nurse has made me hate people. I just saved my other patient’s life during a code but sure, keep yelling at me for forgetting your ice cream. That’s obviously more important.

I can certainly understand the frustration of looking forward to ice cream and then not getting it but GEEZ, pick your damn battles you ungrateful a*shat.

8. Yes, we gossip about your private parts.

I KNEW IT. And I’m happy to finally have it bloody confirmed.

9. I have never believed in God. But when a patient loses all hope, I don’t hesitate to hold their hand and pray with them.

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. We’re all living on this planet and fighting this fight together, and it’s touching to think that no matter what our differences may be, there are good people all over the world willing to do what they need to do to make someone in need happy.

10. I’m a nurse. Last night I hooked up with a random guy at a bar. The condom broke, and I didn’t think much of it. Today, I checked him in as a patient for having an STD. Great.

Look… we’ve all been there, it’s happened to the best of us. However, this is a whoooole new level of awkward I’m glad I’ve never had to experience before.

11. Now that I’m a nurse I look at men and think, “Wow. He has beautiful veins.”

Honestly? I totally get it. One of the reasons I fell in love with Walt in the first place was because of his beautiful veins.

12. Nothing upsets me more than the term “murse.” Yes, I’m a man. Yes, I’m a nurse. Get over it, because I’m going to be your nurse. We’re all equal.

Yeah, can we like put that one to bed now please people? It’s 2019 – men and women can literally do whatever the heck they want, get the freak over it. Besides… who doesn’t love a male nurse!?

13. I hate how people always say my tattoos and gauges are unprofessional. It’s not like they make me work less hard to save your life.

Oh, you know what isn’t unprofessional? Me saving your life. Yeah, guh-bye.

14. I’m a surgeon, and after a good save, the nurses and I have dance parties and I have dance parties in the OR for our 3 minutes of celebration.

I LOVE this idea! Next time I find myself wandering around a hospital I’m definitely keeping my eyes open for cheeky 3-minute celebratory dance parties. You go nurses!

15. My bosses say we nurses shouldn’t get emotionally attached to the kids we work with, but I think that’s a pile of horse sh*t. I love every single one of them.

Y’all never seen Patch Adams!? Emotional attachments WORK. There’s nothing worse than being in a hospital and being treated like a diagnosis rather than a human being. Good for you, boo-boo!

If you happen to be a nurse or know anyone who is and have a story you’d like to share then please feel free to do so in the comments! And don’t forget to share this with your friends and family, especially if there happen to be any hardworking nurses amongst them! AAx

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