Do You Look Like A Nurse? - page 4

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   CardioTrans
    I have always wondered what a nurse is supposed to look like exactly. I have heard that many times "you don't look like a nurse" huh???? What am I supposed to look like?? Could it be that my hair has 3 different colors in it???? nahhhh...even when it was all one color people asked me that.

    But, I always remember this one nurse that took care of my mom when she was in the hospital.........my mom called her "Nurse CrabbyButt"........ very stern looking lady...with the stark white uniform with creases so perfect that you would have cut yourself on....wore the hat......very matter of fact and to the point.....she had NO personality at all.
  2. by   lil' girl
    Only at work!
  3. by   Shantas
    Hmmm I dont look like anyone.....I look like myself
  4. by   zenman
    I'm in India at the moment and people are curious about where you are from and what you do. When I tell them I'm a nurse you can see their brain cells misfiring and they can't think of what else to say. Maybe it's because I look like a mercenary...or my black pearl earring, lol!
  5. by   UM Review RN
    I walked into the room for a family reunion-type thing last year and one of my relatives, who hadn't seen me for something like 30 years, jumps up and the first words out of her mouth are, "Angie? You're doing what you were always meant to do!" (Meaning nursing. I used to play "Hospital" with anyone who came near me when I was little...)



    I think it has to do with the way we look at people, like when we're standing in line at Walmart and assessing vein size, skin color, and ambulation of the other customers. It's so different from how someone in another profession... say, a cop ... might look at you.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Dec 18, '07
  6. by   Satori77
    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.
    That just made me laugh out loud. :spin:
  7. by   Satori77
    People have told me I look like a nurse, and I take that as a compliment.

    I think my mom looks like a nurse (and she is a nurse). Confident, no-nonsense, assertive, intelligent, warm, and caring. She always knows what to do, what to say, and takes charge in any situation. She doesn't procrastinate, if something needs to be done, she does it. She also has this look, like you can't pull one over on her, and you don't want to cross her. It is all very "motherish". I think looking like a nurse, and looking like a mother, are very similar (or if you are a man, looking like a father).
  8. by   ElvishDNP
    I've been told on more than one occasion that I look like a nurse. I didn't ask what it is that a nurse looks like.

    (maybe the blood, barf, & poop on my shoes? the fact that I can watch the surgery channel while eating? insomnia? dark circles under my eyes?)
  9. by   mcknis
    Nope never been told that. Kinda glad so that people don't expect me to jump in and do something in public during a crisis, but I know that I can if I have to. Just your average Joe who wears jeans and t-shirts or hoodies (depends on the Ohio weather at the time). Not too fancy and not into fashion (like I see most nurses). I may be seen as a nurse later down the road, when males really increase percentage, but don't see that as happening any time soon.
  10. by   pearls
    Well I'm a student right now and when people ask me at school whats my major....before i even say out they say "let me Guess a nurse" and then i'm like yeah how did u guess then they in turn reply Beacue u "look like one" or they say u will make a great nurse. how ironic but it give me aboost to continue so to all the nurses out there you are doing a great job
  11. by   Logos
    Ok- this might not be incredibly relevant- and I am only a nursing student- and for what it is worth I have actually been asked if I was a nurse many times- and way before I ever decided to go to nursing school. My mom told me to go be a nurse- and I always said no way- I don't want to be a nurse- things change-

    Anyway- What is annoying the heck out of me about this thread is that some posters are acting like nurses are the only people who have calm, competent, kind demeanors and are authoritarians. I have a degree and a 20 year career in something completely different than nursing and I too am very no nonsense, kind, professional etc. etc.
    Some of you guys are giving yourselves really big heads. Nurses do not corner the market on caring and professionalism or competence. I say that with respect for nurses-

    Maybe I'm just in a mood today- but come on- your not saints- your nurses and no it is not the same thing. I was thinking just the opposite- some people look like they are in the medical profession not because they look so kind and heartwarming, but because they look hardened.
  12. by   RNsRWe
    Huh. I've never been told that I looked like a nurse, but on the other hand, I've never been told that I DIDN'T look like a nurse.....I guess, like so many other people, I don't "look like" the occupant of any particular job!

    Does my cousin look like a florist? Another cousin look like a lawyer? Yet another cousin look like a dentist, and still another look like an accountant? Can't say that they do, LOL!

    I HAVE been told that I look like "a mom"; just assume it's the out of fashion (yet very comfortable) jeans and easy-to-care-for haircut!
  13. by   Selke
    I have noticed that many nursing professors, especially the "older" old school women, look and act like post-Vatican II nuns. They dress alike (plain and frumpy, polyester, sensible shoes, no jewelry, little or no makeup), many are single (or closeted lesbians), are totally devoted to their research or school politics in lieu of a personal life, and are irritatingly perky about how wonderful the calling of nursing is as opposed to other more lucrative professions with more status, like medicine.

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