Lying

June 26th, 2012 By: Betty Long

I do not 'get' lying.  Never have, never will.  I have been a nurse for more than 25 years, clearly most of my adult life.  To my knowledge, there is not much lying in nursing, or in healthcare, for that matter.  Peoples lives are at stake.  Tends to change the dynamic a bit.  When people lie, or try to creatively cover up their mistakes, it eventually comes to light.  And not just in a lawsuit. 

So that's why today was so eye-opening for me.  I have never thought of myself as naive, but boy, did I feel that way today!  Sitting across the table from an RN who when asked direct questions, questions that I knew the answer to, lied about the answer.  And she was under oath!  I can only hope that the truth will prevail but in case it doesn't, I sure hope (as my mother used to say) she "gets her come-uppance."

Moral of the story:  do not lie.  It's very unbecoming.  And maybe, although it didn't seem to happen today….your nose will lengthen.

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