Black Belt Nurses

  1. Ok, a poster got me to thinking. How many of you guys are martial artists and how does it help you in the performance of your duties?
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  3. by   ZAHMAN
    Quote from zenman
    Ok, a poster got me to thinking. How many of you guys are martial artists and how does it help you in the performance of your duties?
    I've been in martial arts for about 24 years and I must admit it has helped me to become more respectful of others, particularly when cultural/religious differences are involved. I also find myself not being as stressed as others in emergency situations. Who knows if that is a result of the martial arts are just being desensitized.

    ZAHMAN
  4. by   Dinith88
    Ah, Grasshopper...i know nothing of the martial arts...

    But have had the urge to karate-chop some freakin dummy nurses,docs, and families at various times...

    I'm wondering if being a liscensed-practical-ninja would put as much fear into these folks as being a registered-ninja. hmm. i should take this question to the butt-kickers board i suppose...
  5. by   treddrn
    It helps in the ER!!
  6. by   LVN2RNMMA
    Well.. I train with that warrior mindset.. A warrior, not just being a person who desires or engages in combat.. But as a person who seeks control over themselves..

    To be a warrior, you have to train like one. That means putting out at the gym and in training. Not just physically, but mentally. Training your technique , attempting to achieve perfection.. Even though that might be impossible

    As a martial artist, you train your fighting technique .. as a nurse, you train your treatment techniques.. While perfection is impossible, you must always try to be better today, than you were yesterday..

    It also teaches you to not flinch at the site of something not going your way,and to not tell yourself "I can't" when something is new to you...

    It's about clearing your mind of fear and negativity, and keeping it focused..Fear, hatred, doubt.. None of these things should take you over.

    WIthout a strong mind, becoming a strong warrior is impossible.. And without a strong mind, it is impossible to become a good nurse.
  7. by   eriksoln
    I studied classic TKD before becoming a nurse. It actually played a role in my becoming a nurse. I've considered going back to some form of martial arts but, eh............we'll have to see.

    It can help in a lot of ways, but that all depends on applying yourself to it. Its like going to the gym.........if you go and apply yourself, you get results. If you don't..........you won't.

    My reasons for liking it would probably be different than yours. What you get out of it and how it helps depends partially on what you are looking for.

    On a side note, if you need it for self defense reasons, consider taking a "crisis intervention" course too. You learn how to talk people down and how to keep away from falling into the mess of it all with an angry patient.
  8. by   LVN2RNMMA
    Quote from eriksoln
    . You learn how to talk people down and how to keep away from falling into the mess of it all with an angry patient.
    Yeah, that's true.. Yelling back at somebody yelling at you just makes them try to yell over you.. and you trying to yell over them and then him trying to return the favor, than to you and it just gets worse from there... Not that I ever did this as a nurse, but I've had past experience with this some time during my personal life.. heh.

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