Most RN's first borns? - page 5

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   Doog
    (male) First born oldest of 8, very dysfunctional family, alcoholism and mental illness.
  2. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from lizz
    OMG!

    First born, alcoholic father AND mother.

    Although I'm not an RN yet ... a couple of months to go.

    Look at all the first borns on this thread ... wow.

    :typing

    Think of all the first borns you would see in ANY profession. They all have to do something. And look at how many arent first borns (and consider those who are and aren't that didn't respond). It's a craps shoot, IMO.
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    OH now that is scary; first born female h ere with extensive line of very high-functioning alcoholics, including both parents and some grandparents.....and product of dysfunctional family with whom I have little to no contact.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 29, '06
  4. by   Sheri257
    Quote from RN4NICU
    Think of all the first borns you would see in ANY profession.
    Good point. Still ... look at the number of first borns with alcoholic parents ...

    Whoah.

    :typing
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    OH now that is scary; first born female h ere with extensive line of very high-functioning alcoholics, including both parents and some grandparents.....and product of dysfunctional family with whom I have little to no contact.
    Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't have much contact.

    I only feel bad about it this time of the year when it's the holidays ... and all you hear about is family, family, family ...

    Oh well ... hubby is my real family.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 30, '06
  6. by   blueyesue
    First born, but second oldest. (My parents adopted my sister in Iran while in the Peace Corps) No alcoholism, but dysfunction.
  7. by   Jamesdotter
    Fourth of five (but the only girl), no ETOH. My RN mother was #2, My 2 RN cousins were both the oldest in their families.
  8. by   fleur-de-lis
    Only child, alcoholic father. Interesting theory. My mom is a nurse and she was the middle child with both parents alcoholic.
  9. by   Lightning Bug RN
    I am the first born, both my mother and father are alcoholics.
  10. by   busylady61
    I am a newbie who is planning on going to LPN school next year so I apologize if I am asking an obvious question.

    What does ETOH mean?

    P.S. I'm first born in a somewhat dysfunctional family... mom was the daughter of an alcoholic father and she was still dealing with it when I was growing up. Her entire universe was her kids, disproportionately so, to the point that she didn't have friends or outside activities of her own.

    Feeling a little guilty for triggering the empty nest syndrome after I went off to college, I somewhat took on the emotional and financial caretaker role for her when I got into my 20s. I moved back to my hometown to be closer to her. I don't really regret it though because she ended up dying of cancer when I was 30. When I look back I am thankful that I stayed close by her side and stayed close friends with her during the few years we had left. After she died I moved away and started to carve out my own path.

    Very thought provoking thread...I still miss my mom so much sometimes, I try not to think about it. I think I'd be grateful if I could be burdened with the caretaking role again if it meant having her back. So I guess that fits right into this whole theory.
  11. by   Doog
    ETOH = Alcohol
  12. by   fromtheheartRN
    #3.
    First/only female.
    No ETOH
  13. by   mmurphy
    I was told a long time ago that the complete opposite is true. First borns are rarely nurses, however a lot of physicians are first born children. The explanation was that this is due to the authority of a first born child, and the subserviant nature of following children.

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