Being a nurse is one of the most unselfish things a person can do. Nurses are a universal gift to everyone in a society of so many different races, cultures, customs, and beliefs, and the committed job that they perform and the compassion that they offer on a daily basis should serve as a reminder of the core humanity that exists inside all of us. However in this story a woman had a bad experience with the nurse. Read the story and let us know what you think about this situation.
I’m 28, married, and pregnant with my first child. It’s my first pregnancy and me and my husband couldn’t be more excited. Here’s the thing though; I have been told that I don’t exactly look like I’m 28, and that I actually look closer to high school age. It can be annoying sometimes but I’ve learned to accept it.
So the other day, I went to the doctor’s office to check out this pimple looking thing in my back (turned out to be no big deal). The nurse who walked me back to the exam room seemed very standoffish, wouldn’t look me in the eye, chided me for not “walking fast enough”, (I’m pregnant lady!), When she took my height, she was super condescending and told me not to slouch my shoulders even though I didn’t think I was. When we got into the room, she had me change into a gown by THROWING IT AT ME and saying “HERE PUT IT ON” and then stormed out. Really?
After business from my doctor was taken care of, the nurse came back with my discharge papers. She then made a comment about me being pregnant. I said something like “Oh yeah I am. My husband and I are really excited.” As soon as she heard me say “husband” her face had this bewildered look and double checked my birthdate, then she looked up and smiled and said “Oh wow! You’re 28??? I thought you were so much younger haha.” Her attitude towards me completely changed. And then it hit me; she thought that I was a teen mom, and that was the reason for her attitude.
I asked “Why the smiles all of a sudden? 30 minutes ago you threw a gown at me and wouldn’t even look me in the eye?” She kind of backtracked and said “Oh no I was just super busy that’s all.” I said “Really, or was it because you thought I was a teen mom?” She tried to say something but realized she didn’t have another excuse up her sleeve and said “I’m sorry you just look a lot younger.” I said “Well even if I was, what’s your point?” She said that she doesn’t agree with “all these teen girls getting knocked up.” I said “You think that they’re doing it on purpose? They need all the help that they can get, including proper healthcare free from judgmental trash like you.”
I had enough at this point. I grabbed my papers, walked (yes slowly) out and drove home. I don’t regret standing up to the nurse, but I think I may have gone too far by calling her “trash”. So, I’m in the middle of a shitstorm and need some advice on if I’m wrong ? Did I over react?
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