Confessions of a nurse

Confessions of a nurse


– But, do you want to put your phone down? – I’m just texting my boyfriend– – Put your phone down. – Okay. – We’re not here to be friends. – Hello, I’m Riyadh, and welcome back to another
episode of Confessions, where we go through the
wonderful, weird, and worst things about various different jobs, and this week we have an NHS nurse. NHS is National Health Service in the UK, for all you Americans. How are you doing? – I’m good, thanks. – Okay, pick a name, pick any name. – Ben. – You are Ben today, my friend. Are you ready to confess? – I think so. – Okay, let’s go. Ben, tell us who you are and what you do. – I’m a nurse in a Children’s
Intensive Care Unit. – The kids? We love you, that’s amazing! What are the politics like
between doctors and nurses? Do doctors think that they’re the shit, like you know, they’re
the big cool kids in town, and you’re just their helpers? – You definitely get doctors that will look at you like don’t know anything. Like you are there to clear up after them, and that’s about it. I’ve definitely walked
after them and said, “You’ve left your trolley or your rubbish, “and everything here, “I’m not your maid, you can
clear up after yourself.” (snapping) – I love that. Go you! Sassatron! What is the longest day that you’ve had? – My longest day, I’d probably
say closer to 16 or 17. – What?! Tell me a story of the
funniest thing that’s happened over the years as a nurse. – So we had this 15-year-old boy. He had crashed his moped. – Oh, god. – He was very unwell, and he had drains kind
of going in everywhere, and we needed to replace
one of these drains. So we gave him a little bit of sedation. He wasn’t fully asleep, he was still… – He was in la-la land. – Exactly. – Okay. – We kind of told him
what we’d be giving him, and 15-year-old from South London, saying that we’re gonna
give him some Ketamine, he was all up for that. – (laughing) You actually give Ketamine?! – Mm-hmm. And as he started coming back ’round, my colleague was holding his hand so that he wouldn’t kind of lash out or grab anything while he was confused. And he just kind of was staring up at her, just saying, “Ooh, you’re a sexy beast!” (laughing) And this was a nurse that was maybe old enough to be his mom. She was just looking down at him going, “Mm-hmm, yep, okay.” – “I am.” – “We’ll remind you of this
when you’re more awake.” – What is the best thing
about being a nurse? – Particularly working with kids, just the look on their
faces when they get better. The look of appreciation
on the parents’ faces when you’ve helped them, reassured them, put their mind at ease. – Saved their kids. – Yeah, that too. – Seeing them go home. – If you’re to look at the
day-to-day of what you do, what is the hardest part? – I think being overwhelmed by having so much to do on your own. We cover a lot for the doctors, and the responsibility that we’re given sometimes stretches us. – You seem to love this job
that is so, so difficult. – You forget all of that the
minute you walk out the door. You kind of enjoy– maybe enjoy is not the right word, but make the most of those situations. Like when you’re with your colleagues, and you have a horrible code brown, and– – What’s a code brown? Ohhh. (loud blasting) You actually call it a code brown? – Yep. – Does the NHS train
you to call it a code– Oh, it’s just like… – Code brown, poonami, poosplosion. – (laughing) You are a saint. (angels singing) I can’t imagine. – Nursing teaches you that you will touch
anything with gloves on. – Wow. Like in any profession where
things get hot and heavy, and stressful, you gotta
let off some steam. Please tell me that nurses and
doctors get it on sometimes. – (chuckling) It does happen. – Knew it! (dinging) Ever in the hospital? – I mean, it’s a night
shift, you’re on your break. (laughing) – Maybe. – Oh, wow! You or friends of yours? (gasping) Wow, okay. What, in like a storage cabinet? – Someone had an office down
the corridor, and it was free. – Was this a doctor? – No. – Was this another nurse? – Yeah. – Filthy! And then you went back to business, as in saving lives. – Of course. – Okay, great, congratulations. – Thanks. – Worst parent you ever had to deal with? – It was actually the grandmother. She bit one of our security guards. – Oh, no! Wow, granny got teeth. Did she break skin? – Thankfully, no. ‘Cause they have like the
big man-body suit things. – Okay. Big Man Body Suit Things. Remember that, get one of them. (laughing) And she probably had dentures, so the grip wasn’t all there. Obviously, one of the
hardest part of your job is when a kid passes away. How do you go about telling
the parents, and who does that? – A lot of the children that pass away, it’s like a planned thing. So it will be that we’ve reached
the end of what we can do, and it’s now more letting
them slip away peacefully. The way that we also resuscitate children, so when they are super, super sick, we tend to have parents watch. – Why? – Because then they can
see if it doesn’t go well, they have seen for themselves that we did absolutely
everything we could. When they’ve asked parents, they’ve said that made
their grieving process slightly easier, because they
knew that they didn’t give up. Because they watched us
fight tirelessly for hours. – When you are consoling a parent, and you’re with a kid
who has just passed away, and you knew it was gonna happen, how do you hold it together until you’re away from the parents? – I think breaking a
little bit in front of them isn’t a bad thing. I think it shows that you’re human. I know most of my
colleagues have broken down in front of families
before, including myself. I’ve had a few instances where the mom has given me a massive hug and
said, “Thank you so much,” and hasn’t wanted me to leave until the baby’s gone to the
mortuary and everything. So, even though she’s
surrounded by her family, she still wants one of us there because we’ve gone through
this process with her. – And when you go home,
how do you deal with that, when you’re on your own? – I have an amazing, really
close group of nurse friends, and we kind of debrief ourselves, and a few gin and tonics
and have a good cry, and then it’s over. But I try not to bring that home, and I don’t want to be carrying this kind of dark cloud over my head, when I’m trying to enjoy my personal life. – Or your gin and tonics. – Absolutely. – ‘Cause they are vital. (laughing) For all of us. A little birdy told me about
a thing called “Posh Nurses”. – “Too posh to wash”. – Too posh to wash! Have you ever come across one of these? – They’re coming every year of students. – So you’ve been in the
industry for a long time, you’re standing there
at the top of the unit, watching the little fuckers come in. What are the key traits that (snaps) allows you to spot one straight away? – They’re very standoffish, they sit at the nurses
station on their phones, they don’t really engage,
they don’t pay attention, they’re not very proactive
in their learning. Straight away, alarm bells. – Do you have to pick them up on that, do you have to give them a talking to? – Absolutely. – Okay, I’m a posh nurse,
I’m too posh to wash, give me a telling off. Yeah, I know but I’m really tired. – I understand that you’re
tired, I understand this is new, and working 12 hours
isn’t what you’re used to. – Yeah. – But, do you want to put your phone down? – But I’m just texting my boyfriend. – Put your phone down. – Okay. – We’re not here to be friends, I’m going to sign you onto the register. Without me, you don’t have a job, and your degree means nothing,
so put some gloves on, stick a pinny on, and you will– – Yeah, but I’m just going
to go to your superior. You can’t tell me what to do. Like I’m qualified to be
here, and that’s that. (steam hissing) – You’re qualified if I say you are. You can speak to my superior and she’ll repeat exactly
what I just said to you. Stick a pinny on and clear up that shit. – Wow! Ohhh, I like that! – This is why students
say that I’m terrifying. – Yeah, but you enjoy it. – I mean, yeah. – I can hear it in your voice,
you’re getting off on that. (laughing) Sticking needles into people, telling off “too posh to wash” nurses, yeah you’re a sadist. Ben, you have been a
legend, thank you so much. And thank you for all of your hard work, thank you for all of the
work that your colleagues do. Without you, the NHS would be in bits. So keep rockin’ on, brother. (claps) Make sure to share
the video, subscribe, like, write in the comments below
any of your funny stories when you’ve been in hospital in the past or one of your family members have. And we will see you in a couple of days. Big love, bye.


80 thoughts on “Confessions of a nurse

  1. Hi Riyadh! As a nursing student I found this confession particularly interesting and funny! Thanks for this series😊

  2. Okay Baby, you really liked being told off by "Ben" didn't you? It's always needs to be forceful with you. I'm kidding, but it's true right? See you next time Baby. Have Fun 🙂

  3. Very moving interview. Thank you. Having experienced wonderful nurses when I've been in the hospital, I truly appreciate how wonderfully supportive can be. When my mother was in nursing home for the last month of her life, there were some nurse that were incredibly helpful, and there were a couple others who were a terror. After she passed I sent a note to the director of nurses, saying that my wish for all of the nurses were that "Some day when you're in need, may you have a nurse just like you. Take that as ether a blessing or a curse."

  4. Thank you for another great video. As we say in the South, "If the good Lord's willin' and the creek don't rise" I will graduate from a nursing program in the Spring. I can relate and I really appreciate the dose of reality from "Ben". I am not from the UK, but I do love the phrase "too posh to wash" I may have to work that in during clinicals this semester. I also should tell you I am a 46-year-old gay man, and I just went back to school a couple of years ago. It is never too late to take charge of your life and do something that can really help people.

  5. Thanks so much for subtitles. I love influencers who are trying their best to be inclusive and learning from others! X

  6. This was great. I’ve been a registered nurse in the US for over 30 years. My specialty is psychiatric nursing. I’ve worked with pediatric, adolescent, and even geriatric patients. I’ve also worked in a men’s prison. I love my job but it’s often dangerous and stressful. If a nurse doesn’t show up for the next shift you can be mandated to cover their shift, so will work 16 hours, which isn’t fun. Also if there’s a blizzard or hurricane and nurses can’t get in you have to stay until they can. I’ve slept on a cot in the cafeteria for a few hours when working 24+ hours. Despite all of that, I love helping people get better and being the one they trust to share their problems with. My heart breaks for some of them and I feel like crying, but I usually don’t because I want to be strong for them. If I do get teary-eyed I tell them the truth, that I wish I had the power to change what has happened to them. Seeing patients get better and become their true selves again makes it all worth it, even the ones that have verbally abused me, tried to punch me, etc. when they were first admitted.
    I’m lucky that in the US nurses get paid well compared to nurses in other countries.
    Much love to nurses, aides, and all of the other healthcare folks out there. ❤️❤️❤️

  7. We call them code browns here in the US too💩. I love the “too posh to wash” phrase. We have a lot of fresh grads suffering from “new nurse syndrome” they know everything and are shocked and miffed when they are corrected.

  8. When I was in the hospital I dreamt that I pooped
    Then I pooped
    3 times nurses had to come in to clean my soaking sheets

  9. OMG too posh to wash even in the hospital I work it’s the exact same. Even though I’m a HCA (healthcare assistant) I tell the lazy too posh too wash nurses get some gloves and aprons on and help coz I ain’t doing it all without some of their help!

  10. Okay your whole vibe/voice is so Larry Mullen, Jr…..❤️❤️❤️❤️ so much love, an American nurse

  11. Riyadh I love your channel but I wish you wouldn’t perpetuate the stereotype of “doctors and nurses” having “relations”. As these were traditionally male and female roles respectively, to keep bringing this up as a “joke” just reinforces gender stereotypes. From a female doctor.

  12. Loved this, really insightful!

    Would also love to know what stories didn’t make the cut for this video 😆

  13. My late mother was a staff nurse in Paediatrics ( children) for the NHS and I am extremely proud of her in lots of ways!

  14. i'm a nurse as well, and i toooootally agree that the families of the patients are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more work than the actual patients 😀

  15. Ok so I think i'm in love. 'Ben' is probably married with kids but please say he's single and enjoys a bit of [insert aubergine emoji here]… 😛

  16. Pls Do a special eds teacher (i hope i named it correctly, im Not from an Englisch speaking country, i mean a teacher for disabled children). I study to become one and we never really get represented in anything.

  17. You have to respect people in this profession. I thought it was enlightening. One bit was funny too. You can clear see his profession is important to him and you have to respect him. Good questions Mr. Riyadh.

  18. I absolutely loved this. Nurses are the backbone of our incredible health services and it's great to have an insight in to their lives.

  19. I thought we will be able to see his face at the end of the video, just like with tattoo artist's confessions video

  20. Do any student nurses (or future student nurses) have any particular questions I can answer as an RN? I’ve started a YouTube channel and want to make my videos as helpful and pertinent as possible because I remember how hard it was being a student (or just a wannabe nurse lol). Will answer any and all when I start posting over the next few weeks! ☺️ Thanks xx

  21. Code brown adults …. like a sunami of shit …. I lovvvvve my Job. Oh and there are too posh to make beds … lazy ass fucks

  22. Ahahahahaha this is so accurate, I’m a second year nursing student who’s going to qualify next year, and I know it’s gonna be my career for life ❤️

  23. Yes you can spot a too posh to wash nurse a mile off and I will start using the code brown saying from now on.

  24. We do not believe the comments made in this video are representative experiences of the majority of registered nurses. With 40,000 unfilled nursing vacancies in England, alone many nurses don't even have the time to eat or have a break.

  25. My partner is a nurse in the emergency department at a children’s hospital in Sydney and he is just like “Ben” lol
    He loves his job but it’s extremely difficult and when he has rough days I’m there for comfort and support.

  26. Just wanted to say a HUGE Thankyou to the Nurses as a whole…you get paid Nothing for what you do but You saved my life….from what the Doctors said was an Impossible recovery but with out the Love from you guys and girt…I’d be dead!!!!
    I pray that you All get the Best Qualification’s and that you enjoy the Love of what you do Forever!!!!

  27. I don't see anything he said that was so bad. 🤷🏻‍♀️ To nurses everywhere…thank you! YOU are what "patient care" is all about! Where would we be without you?

  28. A massive thank you to the nurses and doctors who work tirelessly and selflessly every day in the UK and around the world. We are lucky to have you!

  29. That was PERFECT!! The world should be made more aware of the direct patient work the nursing staff provide not just to the patient but to their family as well.

  30. I wasn't expecting those Holby cupboard scenes to be accurate. Is that… hygienic? You're not giving me a consoling hug in that uniform unless you washed your hands before you put it back on lol

  31. Do a video on CNAs. I love seeing the temper him it was very sexy and I like see nurses tell off of a nurse's when they're being lazy or entitled

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