Do you talk about work at home? - page 2

Hey all, wondering what the general trend is here. My question is, do you talk about work when you're not at work? The reason i'm asking is this: I'm a nursing student, my sister is an RN.... Read More

  1. by   exit96
    Thanks for taking my post the proper way. I re-read and it could be taken offensively. We're all different :-)
  2. by   akulahawkRN
    I generally leave work at work and home at home, if that makes any sense. It's not that the stuff isn't interesting, it's that I would rather not drag all that stuff around with me, and my wife doesn't find what I do at work to be interesting, primarily because she can't relate to it. I do engage in "shop talk" all the time with people that can relate to the work... but when I do, I respect the HIPAA.
  3. by   NurseDirtyBird
    My husband is a police officer and we both understand we need to talk about traumatic things in order to process them. We never use identifying characteristics, and we both are comfortable enough to tell the other, "I'm sorry, I can't listen to this," when it's something pretty awful. We also tell each other the funny/awesome things that happen too.
    A lot of people don't get that cops are first responders to medical emergencies too. I think he's done more CPR than I have. He'll sometimes ask me questions about what he could have done differently, and as I am not an ED/Acute care nurse, his care during a medical emergency is pretty much exactly what I do, BLS and first-aid until the medics get there.
  4. by   workingharder
    Rarely. I'll usually wait to ambush some innocent third party at the gas station.
  5. by   Amnesty
    Quote from ChristineN
    You sound like my husband. While he is not in healthcare, whenever I ask him about his day I always get the same answer "it was boring" or "I can't really explain it let's talk about something else.". I tease him that he knows what I do all day and I have no idea what he does all day at the office
    My boyfriend is like this as well, but we've compromised for each other :3. I tell him the things that can be easily related to somebody who has no medical background but still finds the weird things the human body does somewhat interesting. He tells me bits about his day, even though he says he finds it uninteresting. I think I'll have better stories to tell him when I'm actually a nurse. Right now, I just regale him with tales of the things I learn in class.
  6. by   SoldierNurse22
    I do. Thankfully, my cat is a good listener as long as I'm rubbing his chin.
  7. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I live alone, so I do not talk about nursing at home because I'd be talking to myself.
    Same here, although there are times I talk to my four-legged children.

    Quote from TerpGal02
    I try to leave work at work to preserve my sanity.
    I also try to leave work at work, but there are those truly awful days that just can't be kept inside and just have to be talked out.

    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    I do. Thankfully, my cat is a good listener as long as I'm rubbing his chin.
    My cats aren't such good listeners. My dog, on the other hand, just seems to know when I need her to listen.
  8. by   loriangel14
    I have a sister that works on the same floor as I do and my daughter is in nursing school. Guess what we talk about MOST of the time? lol

    I live alone so the dog, the rabbit and the cats get to hear about my day.
  9. by   FlorenceNtheMachine
    Sure do! Haha. That's how me and my husband bond, complaining about our day. Me and my nursing buddies do the same.
  10. by   Clementia
    I keep my job life and my home life in two separate boxes. I don't really like to talk about nursing, unless I'm chatting with a co-worker during my shift. It's just less stressful to keep nursing at work -- otherwise I find myself bringing difficult patients home with me, and that's not really how I like to spend my days off.
  11. by   KelRN215
    I live alone so I don't talk about it at home but I do talk about things with my nurse friends. I have one friend from nursing school who I'm still fairly close with though we only see each other a few times a year... but when we go out, we'll spend 4 hours at a restaurant discussing all our nursing horror stories since the last time we met up. I talk about my frustrations in my current job (like spending 3 days trying to track down a patient) with my friends who also work in home care.
  12. by   edmia
    I definitely talk about it at home and when I'm with friends who are also nurses. I would go nuts if I didn't because the abuse and disrespect I experience as a nurse is such that if I kept it in, I would explode. Also, I have very difficult cases. Both tragic and just plain annoying, so talking about them is the only way to process it and get it out of my system. It's a healthy thing to do and unfortunately, it is not built into our jobs to have a proper place to debrief about the crap we deal with on a daily basis.
  13. by   Roseyposey
    Nope, don't talk about it...other than "crappy day, leave me alone." No desire to talk about nursing if I am not getting paid to do so.