cops 'n nurses

  1. Is it just me, or does it seem like there are an awful lot of nurses who date/ marry cops and vice versa? My boyfriend is a police officer, and works with a lot of cops who are married to nurses; his best friend is also an officer and his wife is a nurse and a friend of mine's parents are also a cop and a nurse. Does this seem to happen a lot everywhere? Just thought it was interesting...
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  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I think that nursing and law enforcement are two very noble, but non-respected, shat upon professions, and we're probably drawn to each other for that reason.

    KC's hubby is a cop.... she'll have some better insight for you than me
  4. by   dcc43210
    Also, police officers and nurses both see the ugly side of life. Helps to have a SO who can relate.
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    i think it 's the adrenaline junkie thing...
    (i would never date a cop for our fair city..huh-uh..no fargin way!!!)
  6. by   KC CHICK
    We DO have a lot in common to talk about as far as our jobs are concerned. And for the most part, he's not disgusted by some of the things that I see and do at work. Which is saying a lot, since I used to work in surgery.
    He gets his fair share of DOA's. So far, he's had to deal w/more deaths than I have....thank goodness! (suicides or death by 'old age', and they're "gone" by the time he gets there.)
    On my shift, there are 2 other nurses that are married to cops. At my hubbies dept, there are at least 2-3 other cops that are married to nurses. (out of about 30, or so, that are in his dept.)
    Another thing, both professions have 'shift work' hours. We actually just started working the exact same hours. Fri, Sat, and Sun from 7P-7A. It's been great for us.
    We also both have a VERY DEMENTED sense of humor.....you know what I mean. You have to if you work in either field....I think it's a 'try to stay sane' thing.

    And it's not just the officers that nurses are attracted to....it's firefighters, EMT's, and teachers too. Oh my!!

    Anne:kiss
    Last edit by KC CHICK on Aug 28, '02
  7. by   kaycee
    I am married to a cop and have been for 20yrs. I met him while working in the ER.
    I probably would have never met him had I not worked shifts in the hospital. We do have the same demented sense of humor as Anne said and we both thoroughly understand the demands of each others job. Since our kids are older now we sometimes work the same shifts and see each other in action.
    We both work holidays, weekends and shifts so we understand how that is.
    We are also both pretty laid back and don't get too rattled in emergencies.
    It's great when you call for help in the ER to the local police for a pt gone crazy and your husband comes to save you.
    The only bad part about being married to a cop is you never stop worrying and since he primarily works steady nights, my heart stops with every late night phone call!!
  8. by   Hooligan
    The only bad part about being married to a cop is you never stop worrying and since he primarily works steady nights, my heart stops with every late night phone call!!
    This is exactly why I've always said I couldn't/wouldn't marry a cop! You folks are so brave!!! I'd never be able to sleep at night knowing my husband was out there in possible harms way! I'm bad enough with DH's current job! He works third shift as a cell tech for Prime-Co and is often times sent to some unsavory neighborhoods in Chicago...scary...
  9. by   Momto2Boys
    I personally don't know any couples that are nurse & cop. However, I am currently going to school to be a nurse and my husband is in the military and he will be getting out soon to go into the highway patrol.
  10. by   Cathy Wilson, RN
    originally posted by obnurseheather
    [b]i think that nursing and law enforcement are two very noble, but non-respected, shat upon professions, and we're probably drawn to each other for that reason.
    you hit the nail on the head with that one, heather! also, especially in er, you often are looking out for each other, and rely upon each other. ditto for ems-paramedics and firefighters! i have always maintained that the closer to people a person works, the less they get paid.

    btw, my husband of almost 6 years used to be an emt and volunteer firefighter-and my dad is a fetired fireman. there is just something about the professions that make life a little easier to take, and understand, if they're shared!
  11. by   Shevalove
    Hello, I have seen a lot of Nurse/Firefighter couples...and a couple cop/nurse
  12. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Who else would know the type of daily crap and stress we go through? Very few that arent cops,fireman,paramedics and other Medical personnel. Married to not a cop but a forgien Intelligence Officer ,(CIA), and he understands what I go through and the fact that I cant really speak about it too much.... And he understands how I have to go when the phone rings,pager goes off , or Im in late because a case ran long.... Others would just think there was fooling around going on...

    God love the people that devotedly do thier jobs for shabby pay and never once get a thank you, for a job well done unless its by another person that understands what they do for a living.
    Zoe
  13. by   RNatlast
    my husband is a detective and we've been married 20 years!yea! and a big part of it is that we do have alot of understanding about and respect for each of our chosen professions.my husband no longer works nights or holidays unless he's called out so he now says kiddingly that he "picked his profession and i picked mine!" we also have a very sick and twisted sense of humour! and that helps alot...
    Last edit by RNatlast on Aug 28, '02
  14. by   traumaRUs
    My husband is retired military and we have been married 22 years. In our ER we have several cop/nurse and cop/fireman couples. I'm also a volunteer fireman/pre-hospital RN on our rural squad.

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