Do you talk about work at home? - page 2

by blackvans1234

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Hey all, wondering what the general trend is here. My question is, do you talk about work when you're not at work? The reason i'm asking is this: I'm a nursing student, my sister is an RN. She and I will always be... Read More


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    I try to leave work at work to preserve my sanity. If I came home and was still dwelling on what happened at work that shift I would burn out very fast. I might mention something to my DH if we had a really hectic shift with admissions and d/cs. The only times I feel that I need to "process" in any more depth are when we have child admissions with horrific abuse histories that get recounted to me in minute detail. That stuff just breaks my heart and if I couldn't process it, I'd internalize it, which is worse. That stuff I end up processing with co workers. My DH doesn't need to he saddles with that kind of stuff.
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    Quote from exit96
    I am a guy, which predisposes me to the " not so talkative type." Whether it be Nursing or my past life jobs, I may be very vague and am really not bogged won with living in the past. I may expound upon, ever so briefly, how my arse got kicked last night, but there are more enjoyable things for me to tend to, like playing my guitar, or whatever. By contrast, when my S.O. Talks about her work day and who does this and who does that I tune the out...bbooooorrrrriiiinnnnngggggg!
    You sound like my husband. While he is not in healthcare, whenever I ask him about his day I always get the same answer "it was boring" or "I can't really explain it let's talk about something else.". I tease him that he knows what I do all day and I have no idea what he does all day at the office
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    My GF is a nurse and we talk about work all the time. It is an interesting and challenging career so for me it is not just a job. We also learn a lot from each other.
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    Thanks for taking my post the proper way. I re-read and it could be taken offensively. We're all different :-)
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    I generally leave work at work and home at home, if that makes any sense. It's not that the stuff isn't interesting, it's that I would rather not drag all that stuff around with me, and my wife doesn't find what I do at work to be interesting, primarily because she can't relate to it. I do engage in "shop talk" all the time with people that can relate to the work... but when I do, I respect the HIPAA.
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    My husband is a police officer and we both understand we need to talk about traumatic things in order to process them. We never use identifying characteristics, and we both are comfortable enough to tell the other, "I'm sorry, I can't listen to this," when it's something pretty awful. We also tell each other the funny/awesome things that happen too.
    A lot of people don't get that cops are first responders to medical emergencies too. I think he's done more CPR than I have. He'll sometimes ask me questions about what he could have done differently, and as I am not an ED/Acute care nurse, his care during a medical emergency is pretty much exactly what I do, BLS and first-aid until the medics get there.
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    Rarely. I'll usually wait to ambush some innocent third party at the gas station.
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    Quote from ChristineN
    You sound like my husband. While he is not in healthcare, whenever I ask him about his day I always get the same answer "it was boring" or "I can't really explain it let's talk about something else.". I tease him that he knows what I do all day and I have no idea what he does all day at the office
    My boyfriend is like this as well, but we've compromised for each other :3. I tell him the things that can be easily related to somebody who has no medical background but still finds the weird things the human body does somewhat interesting. He tells me bits about his day, even though he says he finds it uninteresting. I think I'll have better stories to tell him when I'm actually a nurse. Right now, I just regale him with tales of the things I learn in class.
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    I do. Thankfully, my cat is a good listener as long as I'm rubbing his chin.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I live alone, so I do not talk about nursing at home because I'd be talking to myself.
    Same here, although there are times I talk to my four-legged children.

    Quote from TerpGal02
    I try to leave work at work to preserve my sanity.
    I also try to leave work at work, but there are those truly awful days that just can't be kept inside and just have to be talked out.

    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    I do. Thankfully, my cat is a good listener as long as I'm rubbing his chin.
    My cats aren't such good listeners. My dog, on the other hand, just seems to know when I need her to listen.
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