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The top 10 ways you know you’re married to a nurse

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In my opinion, being married to a fellow nurse is a blessing as well as a curse. (Just kidding!)

I have to admit, there are times when being married to a nurse makes life as a nurse so much easier–and other times, it makes life quite comical.

Here are some ways you know you’re married to a nurse (or that your spouse is a nurse in disguise!):

The top 10 ways you know you’re married to a nurse

1. Your wardrobe is oversaturated with all things scrub-like

  • Everything from scrub tops and bottoms to specifically “themed” outfits for the holidays and special occasions, including your shoes (clogs, Crocs and more!).

2. No conversation is off limits

  • If you think having dinner or lunch with a coworker is colorful, try talking to your spouse with that no-holds-barred attitude!

3. Your weekends are not actually during the traditional weekend

  • Isn’t shift work grand?

4. Your spouse has to be near-dead to even consider seeking medical attention

  • Especially since he or she already knows what’s wrong, right? You’re both nurses…who needs a pesky doctor?

5. Your house is a medical and nursing library

  • There are medical and nursing reference guides littered throughout your house, because you never know when you may need to look something up!

6. No explanation is necessary

  • When your shift runs late for one of a million reasons, you never have explain why, because your spouse has lived it.

7. Pens, pens everywhere!

  • You know how we nurses are with our pens…just imagine a house full of an eclectic array of choices!

8. Can you say HIPAA?

  • For some strange reason, your conversations are halted numerous times because you pause to make sure you haven’t violated any privacy clauses.

9. There is a DE-CON (decontamination) area of the house

  • Infection paranoia. ‘Nuff said.

10. A household full of security, comfort and compassion

  • Of course, all the entertaining banter is comical and brings a smile every day, but who else can better fulfill your life partner’s role than the most compassionate, loving, caring team player of them all?

The honest truth is that being a nurse is never something we just do, it’s something we are and something we become. What better way to grow than side by side another living that very same dream?

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Sean Dent

Sean Dent is a second-degree nurse who has worked in telemetry, orthopedics, surgical services, oncology and at times as a travel nurse. He is a CCRN certified critical care nurse where he's worked in cardiac, surgical as well as trauma intensive care nursing. After five years practicing as an RN, Sean pursued and attained his Masters of Science in Nursing. Sean currently practices as a Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC) in a Shock Trauma urban teaching hospital. He has been in healthcare for almost 20 years. He originally received a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science where he worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
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3 Responses to The top 10 ways you know you’re married to a nurse

  1. carollynnSKJ Caption Contest

    All things scrub like is right! As soon as I enter my house, whatever I have on comes off and the scrubs go on. They are my house clothes and my pajamas. I often hear myself say, “I can’t wait to go home and get into my scrubs.”

  2. HeartnurseVa

    Absolutely true! So funny, Must share this.

  3. Smithteamracing RN

    Never wear scrubs except to work…but do have a ton of them including holiday ones.
    My husband must deal with frequent (daily) back pain whining.