Say “thank you”
“In the ER, nurses provide most of the hands-on care. So be nice.” —Donna Mason, RN
An ambulance isn’t a fancy taxi
“When we arrive, don’t expect us to say hello. We’re focused on the patient. Once he’s stable, then we’ll introduce ourselves.” —Don Lundy, paramedic, Charleston County, South Carolina
Arriving by ambulance doesn’t mean you’ll get a red-carpet escort into the ER
“You’ll get triaged like everyone else, and if you’re not that sick or injured, you’re going to wait.” —Connie Meyer, RN, paramedic. These are the 75 secrets nurses wish they could tell you.