Do I LOOK Like A Nurse To You? - page 6

Thanks Christina Aguilara! This past week end I attended a holiday party and the discussion moved on from "what kind of car do you drive?" to "what do you do for a living?" . When I replied that I... Read More

  1. by   ragingmomster
    Quote from LPNtoRN
    People can't believe I'm a nurse, either. They think I am some kind of movie star. I get mixed up with Julia Roberts a lot.

    Personally, I get lots of pt's and fellow staff who do double takes thinking that I am Meg Ryan. I had to color my hair red in order to decrease the "Aren't you..." conversations and get some work done!
  2. by   NursiePoohRN
    :hatparty: Well you should be lets see according to some of my patients be somewhat old and ugly with a white dress below the knee and that god awful hat on ...lol...they need to get up to date as to what a Nurse is these days, we are machine operators more or less...lol....and no I don't have a small towel drapped over my left arm going around asking "what can I get you" ...but some pts. think we do.... Happy New Year...
  3. by   barefootlady
    Average height
    Average coloring
    Fat
    Shortish curley hair with more grey coming every month
    Clean nails
    very little makeup
    light body spray in clean lemon scent
    good tennis shoes
    pants and tops that are comfortable, clean, and not revealing
    small purse but a goodie bag with pens, pencils, note pads, pen light, hemostats, bandaids, normal saline spray, and tape
    and every one I meet always knows I am a nurse before I tell them
  4. by   graysonret
    I had to laugh reading "headhurt", especially "3". Yup, we nurses get together and, sure enough, we forget the "non-medicals" standing around. But. may I add another one. The nurse is also the one with the ringing cell phone...not someone saying "hello", but someone with a medical question. "Is it still okay to take Aleve?".
  5. by   sparkyeel
    I have to agree with RN4NICU...How CAN a stereotype like this be made by educated women...in the Millenium...It's amazing...and Perplexing... and probably not worth my thinking about for one more minute!
    Quote from RN4NICU
    Really? I can't imagine any rhyme or reason to what a nurse looks like. I know just the nurses on my unit run the gamut from liposuctioned-barbie-doll-wanna-be's to great-grand mothers. Tall & short, heavy & thin, men & women, young & old (and just about everything in between) - all in my one little unit. What is the certain look that nurses have? - now that my curiosity is piqued I MUST know!! :icon_lol:

    PM me if you don't want to post it here :Santa5:

    I am loving these holiday smilies - just in case anyone could not tell

    :Present1:
  6. by   RE Agent
    Quote from Haunted
    Thanks Christina Aguilara! This past week end I attended a holiday party and the discussion moved on from "what kind of car do you drive?" to "what do you do for a living?" . When I replied that I was a Registered Nurse I was met with gasps, a few snickers and some lewd comments, along with "funny, you don't look like a nurse!". Now folks, I am not some blond bombshell busting out of my scrub top, teeting on 6 inch Manolos while applying lip gloss. I present a clean appearance and a conservative outward appearance.

    This leads me to ask....what the heck does a nurse look like anyway? Anyone else get a goofy reaction like mine?
    Just poot, and blame it on them. Shame on them.
  7. by   kat911
    In the 70's I heard a speaker talk about her experiences at a Nuring Convention, she said there was no doubt that everyone was a nurse because everyone was wearing polyester pants and tops. She apparently wanted every one in a business suit. I'm into comfort, the sensible shoes, jeans, T-shirt. Don't own any business suits, nosiree!
  8. by   sabrn2006
    I have enjoyed reading these posts! I recently told my mom (who is an RN of 20+ years) that I noticed my hands are starting to get more and more "nurse-like". Maybe it's the short, clean nails and the absence of jewelry except my wedding band?
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from StudentNurseInWNY
    I have enjoyed reading these posts! I recently told my mom (who is an RN of 20+ years) that I noticed my hands are starting to get more and more "nurse-like". Maybe it's the short, clean nails and the absence of jewelry except my wedding band?
    You forgeot all the lovely things that happen to the hands from all that frequent washing
  10. by   sabrn2006
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    You forgeot all the lovely things that happen to the hands from all that frequent washing
    Yeah, I guess I could have mentioned their perpetually chapped state!! I will have to start investing in more lotions.
  11. by   lokichokio
    Quote from Haunted
    Thanks Christina Aguilara! This past week end I attended a holiday party and the discussion moved on from "what kind of car do you drive?" to "what do you do for a living?" . When I replied that I was a Registered Nurse I was met with gasps, a few snickers and some lewd comments, along with "funny, you don't look like a nurse!". Now folks, I am not some blond bombshell busting out of my scrub top, teeting on 6 inch Manolos while applying lip gloss. I present a clean appearance and a conservative outward appearance.

    This leads me to ask....what the heck does a nurse look like anyway? Anyone else get a goofy reaction like mine?
    I remember when I still worked in Germany many times I would get reactions like "OH did you have to take a vow" or "Oh but don't you want to get married?". There for many Nursing is still closely connected to Nuns and Diakonites. If you remember your nursing history even Florence Nightingale was trained in Germany in the school established by Fliedner under the lutheran church.
  12. by   lokichokio
    Quote from lifeisbeautiful
    Personally, I think a lot of Nurses really do have a certain look to them, especially comparing different areas of Nursing in different regions of the United States. This is only my observation (also agreed with by several other Nurses I have worked with). Won't go into detail for fear of being flamed to no end. :chuckle
    When I am sitting here in my office wathcing our nurses buzzle up and down and I see the head of theater in her sari, the matron in her office suit, the nurses form the ward which vary from the very pregnant and obese to the young footballer just out of college, they don't just come in all sizes, all characters, but even all shades....Also if I compare Nurses here in Kenya with Nurses at home, then sorry, but I can't agree with you.
  13. by   greyhair
    30 years ago I used to tell people that I was in nursing school and often the guys would chickle a bit and make snide remarks. I found that if I answered, "Yeah, there's 3 guys and 120 girls in my class" the next comment they would make was "How do I get in?". I am now 50 years old, 6 ft 1, 215 lbs and do I look like most of my co-wokers? Not really. Do I care much? Not really. I am a good nurse, I have had a good career, and I have met and cared for a lot of wonderful people. What more could I ask?

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