10 Signs You’re Being Raised by a Nurse

Nurses have a different way of doing things compared to most people. And children of nurses have seen and heard it all. If you were raised by a nurse, some of the following might look awfully familiar. Read on for the ten signs that you were raised by someone in the nursing profession.

  1. You know how to keep your distance.

As the child of a nurse, you probably know that your parent spends their day around sick people, sometimes very sick people. You’ve been taught to avoid germs, and occasionally this means avoiding your parent. You know to give them plenty of space when they come home from work, and you keep all physical affection to a minimum.

  1. You don’t expect them at the big game.

It’s no secret that nurses’ schedules are tricky. They might work extra long hours or a night shift. It’s also impossible to get them to switch with someone else for a better shift. Because of this, you have a very realistic expectation of who you can expect to see in the audience at your school play, ballet recital, band concert, or football game. The good thing is, though, that you’re never disappointed because you know what to expect!

  1. They’re constantly asked for medical advice.

Every family gathering, every neighborhood barbecue, and every church event you know that your nurse parent will be approached to look at a mole, feel a lump, or assess a sneeze. There’s just something about knowing that a person is in the medical industry that makes people open up. They may forget that your mom is just Aunt Sheila and see her as a medical professional that they get to consult with for free! The good thing about this is that they’re easy to talk to when your own medical issues arise.

  1. You never ask to go to the ER… ever.

Nurses, especially those who work in the emergency room, know that more often than not, patients come to the ER when they really don’t need to. Sometimes there’s a minor scrape or a sprained ankle, so they’re used to treating patients that aren’t really in emergency situations. And they will not allow their own children to be one of those non-emergency-having patients! So you’ve learned that you have to be knocking on death’s door before your parent would dream of taking you to the ER!

  1. You’re used to graphic conversations.

Everyone loves coming home and telling the latest work story. With nurses, those stories get a bit, well, graphic. Even at the dinner table, your parent won’t shy away from telling gross stories about what a patient had growing on their face, or what type of pustule was popped that morning. And the thing is, you kind of get used to it. Pretty soon, you’re the one retelling these gross stories to friends!

  1. You understand medical terminology.

A nurse’s vocabulary differs from most people in the non-medical field. Growing up, you most likely learned the proper anatomical terms for body parts (even the embarrassing ones). You also picked up on how to accurately describe symptoms and side effects early on.

  1. They’re always giving away money.

Nurse communities are pretty tight and coworkers form tight bonds. With such a tight community comes a few obligations. It seems like every few days your mom is donating a dollar here and there for funerals, baby showers, weddings, and more. It seems like a lot, but nurses are a tight-knit type of group with a lot of compassion, so they’re always willing to give.

  1. You know what medicine to take for almost anything.

Nurses are very prepared people, so it makes sense that they have a stockpile of medications in the cabinet or cupboard. From antibiotics to antidiarrheals, nurses will have something for every common ailment. What’s more, is that you’ve learned early on what to take for which problem and how much.

  1. You know that carbs are life.

If you were raised by a nurse, you know the importance of carbs. They’re quick, cheap, filling – the perfect food for a nurse on the go who rarely has even a moment to sit down and eat a proper meal. Not to mention there are all those potluck parties where nurses get together and each bring a dish to share. Needless to say, carbs are the central focus!

  1. You know you can’t scare them.

Nurses are tough. They deal with difficult patients every day, each with their own brand of peculiar habits. With everything that they’ve seen in their nursing career, you know that nothing you can do will scare them off. They’re also expert negotiators and de-escalators, so you know exactly when to back off.