15 Signs You Were Raised By A Nurse

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As a kid, you liked telling your friends that your mom’s a superhero. You liked that whenever you’re sick or you’re wounded, your parent was always there to save the day.

Your love for role plays with doctors and nurses in it. Your fascination with a real stethoscope. Some may not get it, but there are some things that only fellow kids with parents who are nurses would understand. Below are signs that you were raised by a nurse:

  • When you couldn’t find the kitchen scissors, you used bandage scissors.

That’s right, bandage scissors are always there to save the day. And oh, they’re really sharp, too, so you know you have to be careful.

  • You were never able to successfully fake being sick.

How could you when your mom/dad knows what to look out for when it comes to certain diseases? “Mom, I feel sick” “What makes you say so, honey?” “Uhm, I sorta, kinda, uh.. never mind mom”

  • They have almost any medication you could ever need in their medicine cabinet (or purse)

Your house is a pharmacy! Have a fever? Well, here’s your med. Have a stomach ache? Got it! Nauseous? Got you covered.

  • They work weird days of the week, and their schedules are made three months in advance.

While others are out for a holiday, yours are about to go to work.

  • You’ve developed a proper handwashing habit

Handwashing’s a must! Since this is frequently being practiced by your mom/dad who is a nurse, they also taught you how to do it properly at home, developing into a habit of yours. And oh, you always have a sanitizer with you whenever you’re out of the house.

  • You know where babies come from

Nope, the storks didn’t deliver them. You know the entire “baby making” process: from ovulation, to fertilization, to the final stage of labor and you know the body system responsible for this is the reproductive system.

  • If you were sick and went to the doctor, they had a list of all your previous medications, foods, and pain levels.

From every hour, on the hour, for the past 24 hours. What more should you ask, doc?

  • You knew your parent’s colleagues by their initials

“Mom, I think I saw your friend the other day” “Really? Who?” “That MD guy, and oh, he was talking to that RN lady”

  • All of your art projects were secured with surgical tape.

Well, they still stick, don’t they? And they look more “artsy”.

  • You’re not easily disgusted

Topics during dinners were graphic. Remember that time when your mom told about how she sewed up a lacerated neck, all while you’re in the middle of enjoying your steak? Or how your dad dressed a patient’s diabetic foot? Yup, those definitely helped you have a more tolerating stomach, alright.

  • You had a Toy Medical Kit and replaced your stethoscope with your mom or dad’s.

The real thing’s much cooler, you see.

  • You know your medical jargons

You can’t just say you threw up, it should be “vomited.” After which, you have to describe its consistency and color.

  • Their pockets always held treasures, like 3M tape, alcohol swabs, bandage scissors, and even hard candies.

It was always fun to do a treasure hunt in their pockets.

  • If you ever had to go to the ER, it wasn’t for side pain. It was pain in the upper right quadrant.

Yup, your parent’s pretty specific.

  • And they taught you everything, like if a friend was experiencing pain, you asked them to describe it on a scale of 1-10.

Whether it was an ache, burning, or throbbing pain, or if it was constant or in intervals. And you’re friend would just look at you like “what are you talking about?”





Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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