Vacation Archives: Statements I Would Prefer Never to Hear Again

I’m on vacation this week, so while I’m away I’ve dipped into the archives for a popular past post. Today’s offering: from the very favorite 10 Things category: Statements I would Prefer Never to Hear Again. Enjoy!

I have, in my time, been privy to statements made by fellow forensic nurses that make me grind my teeth (or in the case of #1, stick a fork in my eye). I heard a new one today, inspiring this brief rant. So without fanfare, I give you my latest 10 Things post (in no particular order): Statements I’d Prefer to Never Hear Again.

  1. I can’t hold a speculum and a patient’s hand at the same time (What?!)
  2. I’m too busy seeing patients to keep current with the literature.
  3. I only come in if the patient wants to make a report to police.
  4. We’re not going to keep seeing her if she continues to come back over and over again.
  5. If she doesn’t care what happens to her, why should I?
  6. I’m just a nurse.
  7. …because that’s the way I was taught. (Variation: …because that’s what our protocol says.)
  8. We’ve always done it like that.
  9. I was tired of being a nurse, so I decided to go to SANE training.
  10. We just come in to collect evidence.

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. That is all.

3 replies on “Vacation Archives: Statements I Would Prefer Never to Hear Again”

I’m sure she has heard them, nurses unfortunately say these statements all the time but I beleive one or two can be reformed, the rest should get out of nursing completely, they give the rest of us a bad name.

I’ve heard those statements as well. Here are a few more that are in my ‘memorable quotations file’:
“It’s not my job.”
“It’s my job to find something to corroborate the patient’s story.”
Recorded interview with reported victim. Nurse: “Don’t worry, we’ll find something to prove your case.”
Written on report: “Visual evidenced of forced penetration past Labia Minora as evidenced by area of redness at hymen.”
“No physical findings but the patient history is credible and the patient is believable.”
I’m sure we all have great quotes to share. Maybe, to go in a future book by Jen! I have a bunch more that I have read in police reports, too!

Comments are closed.