Myths and Misconceptions about a Nurse’s Lifestyle

There are a lot of rumors or misrepresentations about how nurses go about their daily lives. Sure, they smile in the patient’s room and never break their rhythm while tending to 10 patients or so. However, that doesn’t mean that their lifestyle is just as easy as it looks. Nurses have to put up with things that make people think twice or look away. For nurses – they jump right in within a heartbeat. Constant exposure to these situations makes nurses very interesting in terms of social and personal life. Here are some of the common myths about nurses and how these things look in reality.

Nurses are Hot under the Sheets

Back in the 80’s, people started using nurses to fuel men’s fantasy. They showed hot, vixen-like nurses in scantily-clad uniforms getting intimate with patients as they did their “procedures”. Fast forward to present day and this stereotype has pretty much stuck. People still think that nurses love to get on with it in their free time and they always look hot in their uniforms.

Bursting a lot of men’s bubbles out there, nurses are not dressed like that. They are dressed in scrub suits – a square-type of clothing that would hide the hottest bodies out there. They also don’t care how they look; function is everything. Forget the tight garters and the enticing lingerie, they just get in the way and nurses won’t think twice about forgoing those. In fact, the last time a nurse wore a nursing cap was when they were still a student or something like that.

Lastly, they work for long hours or they have a lot of tasks in those short hours. This means that when they come home, getting funky is the last thing on their mind. Going to bed is a priority and might even come before cleanliness, if they weren’t well-aware about the dangers of not cleaning up after going out of the hospital.

Nurses Fret over You

This is especially true for men. When someone mentions that they are a nurse, they immediately picture out a gentle angel who will immediately come to their aid when they have a simple cough or cold. Just tell a nurse about your condition (no matter what it is), and then they’re there with medicine or a hot soup to cheer you up.

This might be true – in soap operas or dramas. In reality, nurses just don’t give much of a hoot as you would like them to. Let’s face it, everyday they face patients on the brink of death. Too close that the patient’s foot is almost out the door, and the nurse and code team are the only thing stopping it. Compared to that, your little “cut” or “sniffles” don’t count as a medical emergency. If you call them up, they’ll just tell you what to do and move on with their lives. Don’t let it disappoint you; they know that you can bounce back from that disease on your own without much nursing intervention.

Nurses are Social Creatures

In a way, this is partly true. Nurses always have some interesting stories up their sleeves. Whether it’s what caused patient A to be comatose or what kind of diseases patient B is hiding from his family, they always have juicy gossip that simply appeals to anyone. Who wouldn’t want to invite a nurse to their party?

Sure, nurses have juicy information. Sometimes though, the information can become too juicy or graphic to the common person. Nurses face medical cases that could make a maggot puke. They face these cases on a medical basis so at one point, their sense of humor will become twisted. Twisted to the point where in only a nurse can understand another nurse. Over drinks or dinner, they can talk about the most bizarre and disgusting cases on the planet and still continue with their meal, dessert included.

If you’re in a group and there’s a single nurse, then it’s not all bad. They could actually provide good insight about medical cases for you and your friends. Since they’re exposed for a long time in the hospital ward, they might even know more compared to doctors in terms of experience. Since the nurse is only one, they can’t use technical terms and they have to explain medical conditions in easy to understand terms. The problem will arise when there are two nurses or more in your group. They will go off talking about something that will surely ruin your nights after that.

Nursing is Only for Women

During the early days of nursing, it was a female-dominated profession. Can you imagine someone other than your mom or wife taking care of you and doing your every bidding? After all, women have that innate characteristic to be caring and gentle all the time, right?

That may have been applicable – decades ago. Now, there are more men venturing into this field and they are received with open arms. You wouldn’t expect a female nurse to move an overweight, comatose patient in bed – remember that deadweight can be very heavy. This is where male nurses come in. They are handy when moving patients, transporting loads of medicines, or rushing down the aisle with medical equipment in tow during medical emergencies. In a nursing home, male nurses are also a valuable asset since their strength enables them to fully support aging clients.

Don’t get us wrong, female nurses are still the mainstay of the nursing profession. It’s just that a lot of employers and fellow nurses are now realizing that there is an open space for male nurses.

Nurses are a Doctor’s Lackeys

True, nurses are always seen by the side of the doctor and they can’t do anything (medication or medical procedure-wise) without consulting first with the doctor. However, nurses act as front-liners for hospitals, including doctors. They perform triage and diagnose patients first. In a medical emergency, they simply can’t twiddle their thumbs while waiting for the doctor to arrive and start barking orders. Nurses have to take charge and they have to stay on their feet.

In addition, a nurse’s responsibilities are not limited to the patients when they’re in their beds. A nurse also takes care of a sick person in terms of social, emotional, and even spiritual aspect. They coordinate with therapists or rehabilitation centers so that the sick individual can return to society fully-functioning. It may seem like they only get things for the doctor and they only do medical procedures dictated by the doctor, but they can also function on their own and may even be the factor that saves your life when you need it.

Nurses are easily misinterpreted by other people. If they don’t have any relative or they themselves are not nurses, other people won’t bother to know more about a nurse’s lifestyle. A nurse is more than a smile, a provider of warm blankets, or a cleaner for incontinence. A nurse can be a morbidly twisted angel, but still an angel nevertheless.

What is a Vegan Lifestyle

A lot of people are still in the dark when they hear someone says he is a “vegan”. They easily confuse it with vegetarian, and they don’t know the main differences for both. People immediately assume that they eat only vegetables, avoid all products related to animals, and commune closely with nature. Some of these facts are outlandish while others are not far from the truth. To get a good glimpse on what a vegan lifestyle is, here are some things you should know.

Definition

The correct term for this sub-type of vegetarian diet is actually veganism. This diet does not include dairy products, eggs, meat, and ingredients that were derived from animals. They avoid dairy products and eggs because of the production process. They consider the consumption of eggs as contributing to the premature death of the egg. Regarding dairy products, cows are subjected to extreme and artificial conditions to ensure that milk is produced continuously. Since male calves don’t produce milk, they are raised to be slaughtered only.

In addition, vegans also avoid foods processed with animal products like some wines and refined white sugar. Aside from food, vegans also avoid using products that were tested on animals or products that came from animals such as fur, wool, and leather.

Reasons to go Vegan

People choose to follow a vegan lifestyle for ethical, environmental, and/or health reasons. A lot of vegans do not accept the inhumane treatment of animals in the process of acquiring food ingredients. For example, they consider it cruel to cull male chickens since they can’t produce eggs and are thus considered useless. Conditions like these are the main reasons why vegans oppose traditional forms of food production.

A lot of vegans have also been actively promoting this lifestyle and try to get everyone more aware about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. They have gone to question the food industry’s food production processes, and have proposed the positive effects of a vegan lifestyle in terms of economy, health, and the environment like global warming.

Vegans generally want to promote a caring and more humane environment. They accept that they and other people are not perfect, but they still try to do their best on their own part while not judging others.

Vegan Diet

A common question people ask when they hear about a vegan diet is what it is, and what vegans eat. In a nutshell, a vegan diet includes beans, fruits and vegetables, all grains, and legumes. Vegan dishes mainly use these ingredients and these are combined to form countless vegan recipes. There are also vegan versions of usual foods like vegan hot dogs, vegan cheese and vegan ice cream.

Vegan Nutrition

Since vegans avoid animal and animal-derived food products, having a well-rounded nutrition can be a bit of a problem. However, a vegan diet is still able to meet the daily nutritional requirements; the key is variety. Here are some things that lack in a vegan diet and how they can be buffered.

Protein

With the avoidance of meat, vegans will be slightly disadvantaged when it comes to protein. On the other hand, all foods except fats, sugar, and alcohol contain protein. There is no need for strict combination of proteins or extensive planning. Again, variation in food is important. For vegans, protein sources include peanut butter, soy milk, almonds, spinach, tofu, lentils, and more.

Fat

In a vegan diet, cholesterol is very low and vegan foods are considerably low when it comes to saturated fat. This is why a vegan diet is healthier and can help in reducing predisposition to health diseases like cancer or heart diseases.

It is also important to note that even in a vegan diet, there are still food products that contain high amounts of fats. Examples are plant oils, nuts and nut butters, seed butters, margarine, coconut and avocado. These foods should be used sparingly for health reasons.

Vitamin D

As of the moment, vitamin D is not found in the vegan diet. This can be found in natural environments like sunlight. The human body is capable of producing vitamin D after sunlight exposure. It is recommended that a minimum of 10-15 minutes of sun exposure on the hands and on the face for two to three days a week is enough to stimulate vitamin D production.

There are attempts now to add vitamin D in some vegan food products. There is vitamin D-fortified rice milk and soy milk.

Calcium

Calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones. This mineral is found in calcium-fortified tofu, soy milk, dark green vegetables, orange juice and other common vegan foods. Since vegans don’t eat animal-derived foods, their calcium intake is considerably lower. This is why in a vegan diet it is important to include a healthy serving of foods that are calcium-rich and/or use calcium supplements.

Iron

There are huge varieties of plant foods that are rich in iron. Examples of these are dark green leafy vegetables, and dried beans. In fact, they are even healthier compared to meat based on calories. To help with the absorption of iron, foods containing vitamin C should also be eaten. Vegan sources for iron include kidney beans, lentils, soybeans, black beans, beat greens, watermelon, raisins, etc.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

A popular source of omega-3 fatty acids are deep-sea fishes. For a vegan diet, this is derived from flaxseed and flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybeans, tofu, and walnuts. It is also possible to use a supplement to meet the daily nutritional requirement for omega-3 fatty acids.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is important for lactating and pregnant women, children and infants. Obtaining vitamin B12 can be tricky since this vitamin is dependent on the processing the food that is subjected to. For vegan diet, sources of vitamin B12 are not common and/or expensive. Vegan diet source for B12 include nutritional yeast or Vegetarian Support Formula. Food sources like seaweed, tempeh, and miso are considered to be rich in vitamin B12. However since they are not processed, their vitamin B12 content isn’t reliable. If needed, there are also supplements which don’t have animal products in them.

Honey and Silk Debate

A lot of vegans are still on the fence when it comes to products from insects. For example, ethical vegans do not use silk or honeys because of the conditions in which the insects are kept. However, official vegan groups do not disallow dictate the use of silk, honey, and other insect products. It is stated however that the use of these products is a matter of personal choice.

Knowing the facts about a vegan lifestyle would show you that it goes beyond avoiding animal-derived food. Vegans do it because of their concern about the environment and their health. With this regard, they try to increase awareness and give information to people. It is this vigilance that often gets them in trouble, you should understand why they are doing this and what they stand for before you pass judgment.