Most RN's first borns? - page 27

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   AllieSparksRN
    I'm first born but neither one of my parents are/were alcoholics.
  2. by   flightnurse2b
    im still a nursing student.. but i am the 1st born to an alcoholic father. my boyfriend (an RN) is also a 1st first born to an alcoholic father. thats kinda weird.. i never thought about it before.
  3. by   cammy429
    I'm an RN. First born child as well but neither of my parents are alcoholics.
  4. by   mrsmrsa
    Last born of three. Neither parent has issues with ETOH. Paternal grandfather drank excessively. Both my brother and sister left home when I was 12 (college) so I was an only child for 6 years and was responsible for many home chores when my mom was at work.
  5. by   RNroseshea
    Last born with no alcoholic parents.
  6. by   funinsun
    First born with history of ETOH abuse on both sides of the family-parents less so than other relatives..
  7. by   nurserynurse55
    No. I am the baby taking care of baies (NICU). Yes, my dad is a drunk too!
  8. by   lalalady
    This is inspiring, I am not an RN yet, but I am the first-born and my dad IS an alcoholic! Guess that means I would do well! haha j/k but my stats are true!
  9. by   mrsmiss_priss
    first born, no etoh. husband says i'm going to make a good nurse b/c i'm so bossy. i don't think of myself as bossy; i just know what everyone else s/b doing.:icon_lol: btw, are first borns more likely to be type a? are most rn's type a? these are questions that keep me up at night.:chuckle
  10. by   SDS_RN
    First born, no etoh, but dysfunctional.
    I have an aunt who is a nurse and she is the oldest child and my uncle (her brother) who was the 7th born started as a nurse and is now a PA.
  11. by   love-d-OR
    Still a student but Im the third born. The first born in the family was a pre-med major but now nursing student too! No alcoholics in the family, as far as Im aware
  12. by   elizabells
    Second born, but the "good one". No ETOH, but + abuse, although not by parents.
  13. by   David's Harp
    Youngest of 6 and male, no ETOH but plenty of dysfunction nonetheless. Also, no other nurses in the family. Never the most outgoing one, but always the one who would find alternative paths and notice details that the others hadn't, which I think must account for both the music and nursing careers.

    As much as I love smashing stereotypes/preconceptions, birthrank-related theories have always interested me. For instance, very little in my upbringing (as far as I can see) points to me being a caregiver, but somehow people saw it in me before I did and suggested nursing back when I thought it was out of the question. Co-workers see it in me now, too. These things all have roots somewhere, but they're not always as plainly obvious as we'd like them to be, which keeps things interesting!

    On a related note, a neat read is Born to Rebel (I forget the author's name), though the guy paints with pretty broad strokes, and had clearly never met many in the nursing profession. He suggests that firstborns are the more authoritative type, due to their having only parents to look up to from Day One, while lastborns are more freethinking, due to their having to scramble to find a niche-role to fill in the family ranks. I've known too many people who have gone against those generalizations to take them too seriously, but he does raise some thought-provoking points.

    -Kevin (I guess I did end up the "wordy one"!)

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