Now that summer has finally arrived, people from every corner of America are venturing out on their annual family vacation. Whether out on the road, at the beach, amusement park, or camping grounds, vacationers are going to cross paths with dozens of people they have never met. Some may strike up a friendship, while others will just be casual observations. Out of all of the people you will meet this summer, will you be able to spot the nurse on vacation? By the time you have finished this article, it is a safe bet that you will be able to spot your fellow nurses in any crowd.
Nurses are Meticulous and Clean. The next time you and your family are at your favorite campsite, keep an eye out to see if you can locate the nurse who is a fellow camper. They should be easy to find because, from their earliest days of nursing school, nurses have had positive habits of cleanliness and hygiene ingrained into their very DNA. At the campsite, the nurse will be the person vigorously washing their hands at the sink, rubbing the soap up to their elbows, rinsing and then repeating. Or you will notice a fellow camper that doesn’t just brush off the top of the wooden picnic table; instead, they have the cleaning spray out, and they are scrubbing the table down. If you watch closely, you will see that they are washing the table from the center out to the edges. Yes, you guessed it, that person is probably a nurse.
Nurses are Always Prepared. This summer as you are lounging by the pool or at the beach, watch what happens when the mother of the young family next to you declares to her husband, “Honey, I thought I asked you to grab the suntan lotion? Sara and Joey are going to get a burn!” Within seconds, the nurse that happens to be enjoying that same beach or pool will be coming to the rescue with an assortment of protective lotions all over 100 SPF. Or if little Joey scrapes his knee getting out of the pool, the nurse in the crowd will be the one who calmly comes to Joey and his parents’ rescue with the tube of antiseptic and a gauze pad. Not only do nurses selflessly spring into action when necessary, they always have what they need to handle most situations, and even if they don’t have something they need, nurses are notorious for resourcefully using whatever is within reach to get the job done.
A Nurse is Trained to Listen. The next time you take the kids to their favorite amusement park or county fair, glance around at the other parents or grandparents who are waiting for their children to get off the “flying swings” ride. In almost every gaggle of parents at an amusement park, there will be one (or more) who feel the need to tell their life story to the person next to them. When you see someone intently listening to that stranger’s trials and tribulations with an empathetic expression and nodding respectfully, you have found the nurse in the group. Nurses know how to make people feel comfortable and offer a reassuring word. Even when not at a patient’s bedside, the nurse will always display caring and compassion in any situation.
Nurses Learn to Eat Fast. One of the popular treats for families out on vacation is attending a themed breakfast or dinner show with a buffet. While there, scan the crowd for the person who goes up to the buffet and quickly comes back with an unusually small portion of food. If you watch them, you will notice they dive right into it as soon as they sit down. You might be startled to see them empty the plate in about three mouthfuls. No sooner have they cleaned the plate, they are running back up to the buffet to bring back a similar size plate of food and repeat the race to finish it. This person is most assuredly a nurse. During their shift, a nurse rarely knows when or even if they will have a chance to eat something. When the opportunity arises, nurses will chow their food down as fast as possible before another patient call alarm rings, or they are paged to the desk for another emergency. Even when they are on vacation, most nurses still find it hard to shake that rushed feeling.
We have just scratched the surface on the number of ways you can spot a nurse on vacation. Please chime in and tell us what you think are visible ways that you can pick a fellow nurse out of the crowd. Share your comments or funny anecdotes in the comments section below, or drop us a line on our Facebook page. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your summer!