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Common Nursing Themes

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Specializes in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Office, Psych. Has 18 years experience.

I might be out of my mind but the more i read & the more i talk to my co-workers & friends the more i sense trends with Nurses!

#1- Nurses tend to be involved with law enforcement officers in one form or another? :loveya:( i know i am & 80% of my friends who are nurses have dated or are married to law enforcement)

#2- OCD is a common trait among nurses? :no:(I think our jobs demand perfection so we develop that trait over the years! )

#3- Addiction is one of the horrible realities of nursing if you arent careful?:bluecry1:

(i have been blessed not to have fallen victim to this but I know its a big big issues with Doctors & Nurses alike, I teach Drug awareness at the Correctional & Police Academy)

#4- Nurses tend to be work-a-holics? :devil:( i think this goes with the OCD issue, our job isnt done until its done)

#5- Nursing is challenging no matter how many years you have under your belt & typically burn out comes more often the longer you stay in the career? :scrying:( i know i have to step out every 3 yrs for a long vacation in the islands or i would be insane by now)

#6- Eating Disorders seem to be endless with nurses?:banghead: ( i know i have suffered myself from this & have read in depth on this board that it still exists throughout the nursing community, why do we fall pray to this?)

What are some other traits or similarities that you have noticed about Nurses ?? I would love to hear from you!! :typing

AlsgalRN

Specializes in L&D, OB/GYN clinic.

I think many of us are children of alcoholics. I am.

Woodenpug, BSN

Specializes in MPCU.

On the negative side. Codependency.

Caring, involved, empathetic, passionate and informed, to name a few of the positive commonalities in nurses.

I would guess having an eating disorder can be common in many professions- I doubt nurses would even fall into the top 3, but I may be wrong.

flightnurse2b, LPN

Specializes in EMS, ER, GI, PCU/Telemetry.

back problems. lots and lots of back problems.

I would guess having an eating disorder can be common in many professions- I doubt nurses would even fall into the top 3, but I may be wrong.

I agree with you . . . I don't meet many of the original themes.

My husband is a logger and there isn't one nurse here who is married to someone in law enforcement.

I'm not OCD.

Not addicted to anything.

Definitely NOT a workaholic. I prefer to be home with my son and playing.

I did change to part-time due to wanting to be home more and working too much.

Don't have an eating disorder and never have.

Don't have a back problem and only know one nurse who left on disability for back pain.

What themes do I see?

hmmmm . . . . caring for others. Twisted sense of humor.

steph

Blee O'Myacin, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, Heme/Onc.

I'd rather not be pigeon holed into that list of qualities.

Mr. O'Myacin and I were together long before our respective LEO and nursing careers began.

We set out to have careers where no one calls us at home (unless it's staffing and I say 'no' unless I really want the OT, and they better be showing me some critical shift pay...), we get fantastic benefits and lots of vacation time - not to mention shiftwork allows at least one of us to be at every recital, conference, skating night..etc. that the kids' schools have to throw at us.

Neither of us grew up in a dysfunctional or unhealthy environment.

Neither of us sacrifice ourselves for the "greater good". We enjoy the fact that what we do for a living has a direct impact on others. It's a lot more fun than moving numbers from column A to column B.

Neither of us are drug addicts or ever had a problem with drugs and/or alcohol. Neither of us smoke cigarettes either.

I think it's an outdated notion that nurses and cops and other "pubic service" types don't practice the self care that we advocate to our patients.

Blee

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

I don't fit into the categories mentioned in the OP, either. Yes, I eat too much, but then again, so does most of America. I have 1 friend married to a law enforcement officer. I know of no friends who have had problems with drugs or alcohol.

Many of us are healthy people who lead fairly normal lives. Sure, we have our share of problems -- as do people in all occupations.

I am a nursing student.

I am a child of an alcoholic.

I am OCD.

I eat out of boredom...lol

My husband is going to the State Trooper academy in Jan.

huh....

Melinurse

Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

*Definately a twisted warped sense of humor.

*I married a cop.

*I am happily addicted to chocolate and picking up extra shifts.

*I am a neat freak.

*I must complete all my work before I leave.

*No problems with drugs or alcohol. Don't know anyone with problems either.

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RNKel, ASN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac/Tele/CVICU. Has 3 years experience.

One trend I often see/hear is that many nurses decided to become nurses due to something that's happened in their life: ie, they were ill as a child, they've lost a child to cancer or similar, or lost someone very close to them and they've decided to go into nursing.

RNKel, ASN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac/Tele/CVICU. Has 3 years experience.

Oh, and around here, there is a huge percentage of marriages that are nurses to firemen. LOL

NurseCard, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

i might be out of my mind but the more i read & the more i talk to my co-workers & friends the more i sense trends with nurses!

#1- nurses tend to be involved with law enforcement officers in one form or another? :loveya:( i know i am & 80% of my friends who are nurses have dated or are married to law enforcement)

nope... i'm married to a cook =), and have been for 13 years now. though i have known in my time, two or three nurses that were married to police officers.

#2- ocd is a common trait among nurses? :no:(i think our jobs demand perfection so we develop that trait over the years! )

hmmm, i don't think i would say that i am ocd, though i do at times obsess over how clean or dirty my house is.

#3- addiction is one of the horrible realities of nursing if you arent careful?:bluecry1:

(i have been blessed not to have fallen victim to this but i know its a big big issues with doctors & nurses alike, i teach drug awareness at the correctional & police academy)

i am a food addict, but i always have had a tendency to react to life's stressors by overeating, even long before i decided to become a nurse. so, i dunno...

#4- nurses tend to be work-a-holics? :devil:( i think this goes with the ocd issue, our job isnt done until its done)

nope, definately not a work a holic. i was off for six weeks after i had back surgery and definately did not want to go back to work.

#5- nursing is challenging no matter how many years you have under your belt & typically burn out comes more often the longer you stay in the career? :scrying:( i know i have to step out every 3 yrs for a long vacation in the islands or i would be insane by now)

yes. =)

#6- eating disorders seem to be endless with nurses?:banghead: ( i know i have suffered myself from this & have read in depth on this board that it still exists throughout the nursing community, why do we fall pray to this?)

i've never seen a nurse with anorexia or bulimia, at least that i was aware of. but i've seen plenty who tended to overeat, myself included.

what are some other traits or similarities that you have noticed about nurses ?? i would love to hear from you!! :typing

i'll echo the back problems.

One trend I often see/hear is that many nurses decided to become nurses due to something that's happened in their life: ie, they were ill as a child, they've lost a child to cancer or similar, or lost someone very close to them and they've decided to go into nursing.

I definately agree with you there. That is my reason, but mine is not due to illness. I had a crazy, crazy childhood, broken home, parents addicted to drugs, adopted at 16 then adoptive parent sucide, very crazy. I think I have a need to make a difference in someone's life. I always want to help someone through a bad time in their life, just like someone did me.

Chaya, ASN, RN

Specializes in Rehab, Med Surg, Home Care. Has 15 years experience.

Add to the list:

-a large percentage of the nurses I know now talk to themselves. Never did before going intto nursing.

-anxiety dreams (a form of the OCD?). Most of the nurses I've asked have had that one about getting thru a whole shift and finding out there's a patient you didn't know you had...(there was a whole thread about work dreams!)

Morettia2, BSN, RN

Specializes in CTICU, Interventional Cardiology, CCU.

hahaha I am engaged to a law enforcement officer, and I have had pt.'s say to me .."what's with cops and nurses?" I say, "well we work similar hours and the job stress is about the same..hahahah"...

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