Do You Look Like A Nurse? - page 3

Periodically during my 20-plus years in nursing, when I use a credit card that identifies me as a nurse, I have been told, "Oh, you're a nurse? You LOOK like a nurse." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? ... Read More

  1. by   AlwaysMovingUp
    I started to read this forum because I was intrigued by the title...and I kept reading...the occasional funny remarks made me chuckle....which I definetly needed....I am graduating early next year and I'm already overwhelmed! So thanks for the humor, even if it wasn't intended to be humorous....it helped.

    PS- People tell me I already "act" like a nurse...because I'm assertive and don't hesitate to speak my mind or stand up for others/what is right. I suppose this is a good thing...
  2. by   Spritenurse1210
    Whenever I walk into a new facility as an agency CNA, everyone assumes I'm the charge nurse until I tell them otherwise. Maybe it's the way you carry yourself.
  3. by   nyapa
    I wonder if any of the male nurses have the same experience?



    When you consider that the average age of a nurse in both Australia and the US is 45, I wonder how many of us actually fit into that stereotype? Have a look even on this page at the advertisements.

    Wow, someone could write a research paper on this topic!

    :yeahthat:
  4. by   angelique777
    Most people always thought I was the doctor even when I worked as a technician. We where blue scrubs at work and even with the scrubs they sometimes confuse . However since the first thing I say on the unit when I go into to my patient is that I am there nurse that night it kinda helps.......
  5. by   Truth66
    Sometimes a stupid coment deserves a stupid answer.
    I'm a nurse working in a Long Term Care facility for over 11 years now. A few years ago a resident's son was watching me doing my med pass and he asked me,"How can you be a male nurse doing this kind of job?"

    My response was,"I tried being a female nurse, but it didn't work." He never ever asked me another question after that.
  6. by   Trophywife81
    Quote from Truth66
    Sometimes a stupid coment deserves a stupid answer.
    I'm a nurse working in a Long Term Care facility for over 11 years now. A few years ago a resident's son was watching me doing my med pass and he asked me,"How can you be a male nurse doing this kind of job?"

    My response was,"I tried being a female nurse, but it didn't work." He never ever asked me another question after that.
    LOL!! That'll teach 'im!
  7. by   EmmaG
    Quote from showbizrn


    DO YOU LOOK LIKE A NURSE?
    I hope not.
  8. by   jnette
    Quote from Truth66
    Sometimes a stupid coment deserves a stupid answer.
    I'm a nurse working in a Long Term Care facility for over 11 years now. A few years ago a resident's son was watching me doing my med pass and he asked me,"How can you be a male nurse doing this kind of job?"

    My response was,"I tried being a female nurse, but it didn't work." He never ever asked me another question after that.



    I LOVE it !!! Bravo !
  9. by   MarySunshine
    Yeah, I think I look like a nurse. I wear very little make-up but I take care of myself and shower daily. I smell like soap. I have a very basic haircut that can easily be pulled into a pony tail and requires no styling. I have very short, unpainted fingernails. I wear very comfortable clothes and only my wedding ring which is just a small diamond that is not raised from the band at all. I have a smile that comes very easily and people always tell me I look like nothing can faze me (which isn't totally true, but at least I can act like it is!). I also have a very disconcerting eyebrow raise.

    Disclaimer: I know lots of great nurses that are totally different from this.
    Last edit by MarySunshine on Dec 17, '07
  10. by   Blee O'Myacin
    Quote from MarySunshine
    Yeah, I think I look like a nurse. I wear very little make-up but I take care of myself and shower daily. I smell like soap. I have a very basic haircut that can easily be pulled into a pony tail and requires no styling. I have very short, unpainted fingernails. I wear very comfortable clothes and only my wedding ring which is just a small diamond that is not raised from the band at all. I have a smile that comes very easily and people always tell me I look like nothing can faze me (which isn't totally true, but at least I can act like it is!). I also have a very disconcerting eyebrow raise.

    Disclaimer: I know lots of great nurses that are totally different from this.
    LOL - I'm thinking we may have been separated at birth....
  11. by   Jilaweez
    I never really thought about it until now, but when I first went to meet with an academic advisor eons ago she asked me, "what field of study are you planning on pursuing?" And I said (very proudly), "I want to be a nurse." She responded with, "you look like a nurse." I took it as a compliment, all the nurses I know are awesome people, I guess I didn't think of how they looked on the outside.
  12. by   prmenrs
    A few years ago, I was sitting @ my son's bedside; he had had surgery and was sleeping. I had a polo shirt and casual pants on.

    There was a pt in the other bed; his doc, a kind of old fashioned peds surgeon came in to see him. He glanced @ his pt, then @ me, saying the pts name in a questioning voice. "Oh, no, I'm his.", gesturing toward my son.

    "Why do they put a nurse in the room who only has one of the pts? Why can't they give her both the pts?", Old Doc Grumpy rants.

    Me: "I understand what you're saying, Doctor, but in this case, I'm the mother!"

    Him: "oh."

    It must be stamped on my forehead, I guess!
  13. by   Dental Hygienist
    Well, I do have a preconceived notion or "image" of a nurse in my mind...it may or may not be very accurate, but here is what I think a nurse "looks like"

    Female (sorry men)
    About 35-50 years old
    slightly overweight...like 10-15 pounds (sorry, just my "image")
    Average heighth to slightly tall
    Short-ish hair cut that is very manageable/easy
    Clean hair, body, face, hands, clothes, shoes
    Not all "primped up" minimal makeup and jewelry
    Calm but competent face.

    but I think the nursing "demeanor" is most obvious, a certain body lanugage and posture that emits confidence and authority. Usually a warm smile, but not a "fake" smile like a receptionist or car salesman or something.

    Nurses (in my experience) tend to speak calmly about things but with a solid or firm point of view...and often times have a great sense of humor that takes me a while to catch on to... like a dry or sarcastic humor but harder to put a "label" on that that...

    I'm not a nurse (yet?) but I don't think I look like one at all! I think I look like a highschool band geek (I've even got the acne and lack of boobs for that! Oh...but I don't play any instruments...darn)

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