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.