Words from a Nurse




Source: Typat, “GF was studying for the NCLEX at B&N when she found this envelope inside a review book! Just the encouragement she needs.” Imgur. 15 November 2013


On 15 November 2013, Redditor Typat posted on Imgur some photographs with this title: “GF [Girlfriend] was studying for the NCLEX at B&N when she found this envelope inside a review book! Just the encouragement she needs.” NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination, and people must pass it in order to legally work as a nurse in the United States. B&N is Barnes and Noble. The photographs were of a handwritten letter with these words:

“Words From A Nurse

“So I’m assuming that if you’re thumbing through an NCLEX book that you’re probably nearing the end of nursing school. I want to start by saying that you should be so proud of yourself. You’ve worked so hard to get here, & I promise you, it’s so worth it. I’ve been a nurse for 12 years & can’t imagine doing anything else.

“I want to let you know that the first year or two of school is the hardest. But don’t give up & remember why you decided to become a nurse in the first place. There are times when ‘nurses eat their young’ — and when that happens to you, I want you to refer back to this letter. When you start your new job, find that special nurse to take you under their wing to show you the ropes.

“A few other things: be patient, & don’t beat yourself up. Don’t take things personally, & when you’ve had a difficult situation, try to leave work at work. When you begin your job, two things that will make your day smoother are (1) learn to organize & build a routine & (2) prioritize. Two more very important things to remember are (1) be proud to be a nurse, & (2) believe in yourself. Also your instincts — they’re usually right! Also be kind to the nurses aides & housekeepers — you need them.

“A few words about patients — Remember that it’s stressful for them to be there. Sometimes a smile, light touch, or hug is what they really need. Sometimes families can be tough, but hey, we’re taking care of their loved one & they feel out of control.

“So grab some coffee & study for the NCLEX. I’m certain you’ll do fine. But if you don’t pass, it’s not the end of the world although it might feel like it. You simply take it again, and that’s ok.

“You’re going to be a great nurse!

“Remember, be proud & believe in yourself!

“You can do it!


“another nurse


In addition, the nurse enclosed a $10 gift card for Starbucks.

Redditors who are nurses also gave advice. For example, TurboTerror, an RN, wrote this:

“Sweet nurse out there! I’ve been a nurse since 2009, and recently started in the ER last January. When I graduated and passed the NCLEX, I felt like I knew everything. Then I started my first nursing job and realized I had only just begun learning. A year later, I was pretty confident I knew what I was doing. Then I started in the ER and realized that I know so little, and that’s okay … just part of being a nurse.

“As a nurse who has a few years under my belt, when I talk to the nursing students who aren’t afraid to say, ‘I don’t care if this is a stupid question, but what/why/how…?’ I immediately have respect for them and am eager to tell them what little I do know.

“The ones that act like they know everything, no judgment. I’m just not going to go out of my way to explain/help you. Just my two cents.

“And to whomever the OP’s [OP = Original Poster] girlfriend is out there, good luck on the NCLEX. :)”

For Further Information: Typat, “GF was studying for the NCLEX at B&N when she found this envelope inside a review book! Just the encouragement she needs.” Reddit. 15 November 2013


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