Marriage and the nurse

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It’s no secret that the average nurse leads a demanding and stressful life.  After working a 12-hour shift providing bedside care, it may be difficult to go home and care for a spouse. With the stress of raising a family and bringing home a paycheck, and with divorce rates at an all-time high, keeping a healthy relationship is a juggling act to say the least.

If you research why couples divorce, you’ll generally find a few common answers:

Top reasons why nurses may struggle with their relationships:

  • Childcare issues causing a strain on a relationship
  • Lack of intimacy due to a nurse’s erratic schedule
  • Lack of understanding/support from spouse
  • Money problems

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