Most RN's first borns? - page 10

Hi everybody, I have a question and PLEASE dont anybody blast me for typecasting, this was not MY statement, it was a LCSW I was friends with. She claims that a huge % of nurses are first born... Read More

  1. by   rnurse2b
    Youngest of 5, but all my siblings are MUCH older, grew up as an only child since my maternal grandparents raised me. No alcohol, but plenty of dysfunction.
  2. by   Room2Move
    My oldest sister, first-born, is an RN. My middle sister is an alcoholic.

    Separated by several years, along came me. I was a part-time caregiver to our alcoholic father.

    This is a fascinating thread.
  3. by   RNOTODAY
    Yes, first and only child, and alcoholic father, but I didnt think of myself as caregiver...... actually, I wasnt... but interesting theory
  4. by   twotrees2
    Quote from KristyBRN
    Hi everybody,
    I have a question and PLEASE dont anybody blast me for typecasting, this was not MY statement, it was a LCSW I was friends with. She claims that a huge % of nurses are first born females of alcoholic fathers. Something to do with the fact that as the first born in dysfunction family of origin you are a caregiver from the get-go. Now my father was not an alcoholic, but I am a first born. I was wondering how many of us are first-borns. (Also, she said this to me a long time ago, and I have lost touch with her, so I cannot ask her where the heck she got her information was) I was just starting school at the time and didnt really fight with her about it, just kind of gave her one of the Hmmm, thats an interesting opinion.... answers. Also, she meant it as a compliment, that we take a difficult beginning and build on our strengths and turn them into a career.
    So, how many first borns are out there?
    KristyBRN
    first born and daughter and dysfunctional family growing up yes father was alcoholic and mom was deathly ill and died young. one never knows - interesting opinion lol.
  5. by   DoubleblessedRN
    4th child; youngest and only girl; parents are social drinkers.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    I'm the only child and my father is an alcoholic. It is not the exact scenario that the OP described, but strikingly similar.
  7. by   chelibelle
    sounds correct to me... only child, alcoholic father.

    is someone going to tally these up to see what the majority says?
  8. by   WOLFE
    First born...no ETOH.
  9. by   kate1114
    First born, ETOH father (recovering), mom with lots of mental issues, and a younger brother with tons of health problems as a child. :uhoh21:
  10. by   holtgirl
    Hi KristyBRN and everyone. Wanted you to know your friend was right on the money. I am a first born RN and my father was an alcoholic, also my best friend is also a first born RN whose father was an alcoholic. So there may be some truth in that stuff. My son is also a third born RN, he just followed mothers footsteps. thanks holtgirl
  11. by   chink
    2nd born but 1st female but i might as well be considered as the first born in the family..our firstborn drinks a looot, did not even finish school, no job, with 2 kids but no wife..in other words, no sense of responsibility...my 2 younger sibs are nurses too..my parents are not alcoholics..they're not even social drinkers....
  12. by   mvsnurse2b
    First born-alcoholic father/alcoholic exhusband.
  13. by   mvsnurse2b
    Entered before I was finished-I had read that statistic several years ago. First born caretaker of the family-knows how to deal with people and stress. If I recall they stated nursing was a thankless job...and their was some need by the person to have validation of their worth in their lives. I don't know about that-but I feel pretty good when I get home. Recently had this discussion with a few younger girls at work and two of three I spoke with fit the criteria.

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