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"Professional Dancer"

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Specializes in ED, Telemetry,Hospice, ICU, Supervisor. Has 5 years experience.

So this thread is gonna stay in this forum cause I know I will get so much flack if this showed up in the general forum. Well fellas what do you guys think about a "Professional Dancer" transitioning into the healthcare field by paying her way through school by "Dancing". Keep in mind I don't mean interpretive dance, ballet, break dancing, the robot.. hahaha..etc get the idea yet. This popped in my head as my friends and I were celebrating a divorce party.

I know most of these stories about them doing this for school is fake... but let us entertain the idea for a moment. Imagine you heading off to the ICU , or where ever, to start off your shift. You open the door and there she is standing in front of you is Candy, Mandy, Riley, Sandy....insert stage name here, that you got a lap dance from. Obviously she wont remember you but let us entertain the other idea that she does and gets that OMG look on her face LOL. How would that scenario run? Would you think less of her as a professional? Feel free to throw in any thoughts.

I just had to put the scenario up today, and yes I know I will most likely get some hate flame on this.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

I am a woman ... but had to peek at this thread because of its title. As a woman, I wouldn't think less of a colleague who had been an "exotic" dancer. It's a skill and a job. It's no different than knowing the surgeon cheats on his wife ... or was that obnoxious frat-boy who did God knows what back in college.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

kalevra, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED, Telemetry,Hospice, ICU, Supervisor. Has 5 years experience.

I am a woman ... but had to peek at this thread because of its title. As a woman, I wouldn't think less of a colleague who had been an "exotic" dancer. It's a skill and a job.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Thanks for your input. People have to pay for tuition one way or another.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

I am a female too, but I would say it doesn't matter at all, all that matters is that you are a good nurse when you become one.

Just be warned it is not the wide open field it used to be and very competitive.

Argo

Specializes in Peri-Op. Has 10 years experience.

Id help you pay tuition. Wouldn't think badly about it either.

Rob72, ASN, RN

Specializes in Infectious Disease, Neuro, Research.

Yeah. Sure.:rolleyes: I've worked with a couple. It pretty much goes with the Rule of Stupids:

1. Don't hang with Stupid People

2. Don't do Stupid Things

3. Don't go to Stupid Places (where 1 & 2 converge and are encouraged)

One individual was d/cd for sampling phramaceutical products, one(paramedic) was given a choice of either/or in careers because the night job was endangering her partner on days, and a third had "relational" issues with patients.

Limited decisional processes are indicactive of limited personal growth(Erickson) and diminished cost-benefit/risk assessment capacity. As with most things, it is possible to note individual outliers, but generalization is certainly possible and valid.

Are you trying to validate or pursue a fantasy? Because this:

...but let us entertain the other idea that she does and gets that OMG look on her face LOL. How would that scenario run?
reads more like a "C'mere Nursie/French Maid/Teacher/Whatever" than any kind of serious professional debate.

Rob72, ASN, RN

Specializes in Infectious Disease, Neuro, Research.

Oh, heck, I'll go with it:

She'll get black-balled by the blue-balls unless she plays ball in which case she'll be balls-up for getting balled.

Bottom line, why be stoopid?

MN-Nurse, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg - Renal.

Aren't all dancers just working their way through college??

I could care less if an RN was a former stripper.

Most dancers must be very well educated.

kalevra, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED, Telemetry,Hospice, ICU, Supervisor. Has 5 years experience.

Yeah. Sure.:rolleyes: I've worked with a couple. It pretty much goes with the Rule of Stupids:

1. Don't hang with Stupid People

2. Don't do Stupid Things

3. Don't go to Stupid Places (where 1 & 2 converge and are encouraged)

One individual was d/cd for sampling phramaceutical products, one(paramedic) was given a choice of either/or in careers because the night job was endangering her partner on days, and a third had "relational" issues with patients.

Limited decisional processes are indicactive of limited personal growth(Erickson) and diminished cost-benefit/risk assessment capacity. As with most things, it is possible to note individual outliers, but generalization is certainly possible and valid.

Are you trying to validate or pursue a fantasy? Because this: reads more like a "C'mere Nursie/French Maid/Teacher/Whatever" than any kind of serious professional debate.

Her realizing that you were a previous customer who now works in the same professional setting is what is causing the OMG look on her face. I asked about how people think the scenario would play out because I wanted to know if it would be an awkward work environment, how would it affect either of you, etc etc.

I am not making this scenario up, I actually had a long conversation with a stripper at a divorce party, and she mentioned she just finished her pre-reqs for RN ADN. It is not that ridiculous to think that one day you will run into someone you have known from a previous life before passing the NCLEX-RN. Keep in mind it was a divorce party for a friend and some of my co-workers were also present, what happens when they realize who the new-grad is and the rumor mill goes into full swing?

Not trying to validate a personal fantasy at all. I have run in to the poisoned well scenario before, and I know how the work environment quickly turns into an ugly rumor mill. I would rather not relive that adventure anytime soon. If it seemed like I was trying to get with the stripper in the closet then I must apologize for the confusion. I hope this clarifies things.

Argo

Specializes in Peri-Op. Has 10 years experience.

I have known strippers tha become RNs. I don't even think about it twice. If someone asks me about it I just tell them that if they think that's bad they don't wanna know anything about my past... I have been a well respected leader in my job and prior jobs, that usually stops the bs pretty quick. People need to grow up.

tntrn, ASN, RN

Specializes in L & D; Postpartum. Has 34 years experience.

What about it is "professional?

And if the "dancer" is truly okay with stripping, then does it really matter what other people think? If the dancer is truly okay with stripping, this question would be asked.

It's not generally thought of as a respectable profession, and some probably ARE working their way through college, but I wonder what the numbers are on that.

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

2. Don't do Stupid Things

I heard that this is the way the 3 Wise Men got their name.

Rob72, ASN, RN

Specializes in Infectious Disease, Neuro, Research.

Not trying to validate a personal fantasy at all. I have run in to the poisoned well scenario before, and I know how the work environment quickly turns into an ugly rumor mill. I would rather not relive that adventure anytime soon. If it seemed like I was trying to get with the stripper in the closet then I must apologize for the confusion. I hope this clarifies things.

I didn't think you were, but examine the "poisoned well" for a moment, and "how things play out".

1) It embarrasses you, but not her. If that is the case, why go to the strip club?

2) It embarrasses her, but not you. Regardless of the limited decision making that puts her in that spot, by going to the club, you have put her at a disadvantage.

3) It doesn't embarrass either of you, but she decides to make your location of mutual assosciation very public. Not the best situation for a man, in a predominantly female profession.

There are a couple of possible alternate iterations, but their commonality is the club. Just getting back to that cardinal rule I emntioned.;)

Do people have fun at clubs? Sure. I also readily admit my bias- I've carried out too many pieces and parts of people to view clubs and bars as anything other than predispositional arenas for "bad things".

groovy jeff, RN

Specializes in Telemetry & PCU.

i really don't quite get this post???? so what? i applaud her, as many of her colleauges probably will choose or fall victim to a darker path.

if you are a true professional you wouldn't tell anyone about this lady's past. did this really happen?

here is the criteria that will get you far in any career you choose to go into when you speak to someone about another:

1. is it kind?

2. is it true?

3. is it necessary?

you follow this and people will think that your one of the nicest people they have ever meant.

mcubed45

Has 5 years experience.

i know of a porn star going to RN school here. idk if she finished or not.

equally as acceptable?

groovy jeff, RN

Specializes in Telemetry & PCU.

Absolutely!! Who are you to judge?

I applaud her effort to contribute and move on to a different life?

back in the day one of my buddies in nursing school worked as a "dancer" for years before becoming a nurse. she is open about it so there was no "secret" for anyone to find out. She is one hell of an ER nurse now.

Another friend of mine from high school was a pin up girl and "video star" before getting into nursing. but the thing that seems to work for her is that she is open and not apologetic about the matter.

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