Health Profession & Wacko's

  1. Anybody else noticed how many "wacko's" seemed to be attracted to this line of work? I have some theories about this phenomena.
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  3. by   Ginger35
    Quote from Zizka
    Anybody else noticed how many "wacko's" seemed to be attracted to this line of work? I have some theories about this phenomena.
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    Yes, I have noticed that there are people in healthcare that seem to be "out there"... Then, I have wondered that maybe it is "just me". In any case, those that are obvious, I just wonder how they have gone so far.....Some in management and ddministative positions et al ...
  4. by   welnet66
    Quote from Zizka
    Anybody else noticed how many "wacko's" seemed to be attracted to this line of work? I have some theories about this phenomena.
    It's funny you should mention this rarely acknowledged fact. I noticed it when I first started nursing school back in the 80's and it hasn't changed. I could tell you some interesting stories...what are your theories?
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Hmmm all I notice are some very hard-working folks. Don't have time to even look for wackos!
  6. by   Tweety
    I don't notice too many "wackos" in this profession. It might help to be a little wacko though to go through nursing school and put up with what we do.

    I'm having a problem with this topic. First, I don't like the use of the word "wacko". It's dispectful to those with genuine mental issues.

    2nd I'd like to think this profession attracks hardworking caring individuals with compassion, not wackos.

    I have worked with a person or two that had some mental issues.

    Certainly one can't say ours is a profession that attracks wackos. Why would anyone want to associate themselves with such a profession.
  7. by   Princess74
    The are "wacko's" as you call them in every profession...
  8. by   PANurseRN1
    Between this thread and the one about the pros and cons of nursing being a predominantly female profession (also started by the OP of this thread), I'm disgusted. This is pot-stirring.

    Have a little respect for your colleagues...please.
  9. by   Katnip
    Quote from Princess74
    The are "wacko's" as you call them in every profession...
    Agreed. And I don't think there are more in medical professions than anywhere else.

    I also am with Tweety. The term "wacko" is disrepectful and unprofessional.
  10. by   Ohmygosh
    Quote from Tweety
    I don't notice too many "wackos" in this profession. It might help to be a little wacko though to go through nursing school and put up with what we do.
    :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat:
  11. by   erichRN
    I know what you mean, and I agree with you. But I prefer to say that many healthcare workers have "issues." But, as Tweety said, the profession is one that, on the surface at least, attracts those that are caring, selfless, and giving. Which presents a dichotomy. What are your theories?
  12. by   ceecel.dee
    I think "wacko" is in the eye of the beholder. My definition may vary greatly from yours, and I doubt it does much for the profession to profile it just this way.
  13. by   Jules A
    I can share a couple of observations that puzzle me:

    In the veterinary technology classes I've taken with aprox. 120 other students there are no more than 6 or 7 students that are overweight. In my nursing classes I think its fair to say that a majority of the students have been overweight. Both are aprox. 95% women of similar varying ages so I do feel a fair comparison.

    The other thing is that I would say in my opinion a fair amount of nurses are what I would call co-dependent or maybe having low self-esteem, if I were to dx, lol. It seems like there are quite a bit of what I would consider unhealthy spousal and friend relationships. In fact one of my professors said that every year there are a couple of students they counsel re: domestic violence. I'd hate to think thats just women in general.

    No conclusions, just observations. Hope everyone is well today. Jules
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I strongly dislike the title of the thread, specifically the term, "wacko".

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