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Will You Marry a Nurse?

Updated on September 5, 2014

Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. (Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859)

Nursing care comes in many forms. Sometimes it is the ability to make someone feel physically comfortable by various means. Other times it is the ability to improve the body's ability to achieve or maintain health. But often it is an uncanny yet well honed knack to see beyond the obvious and address, in some way, the deeper needs of the human soul. (Donna Wilk Cardillo, A Daybook for Beginning Nurses)

The Hands where Life and Death Lies

Last week, I happened to read an article entitled “The Hands where Life and Death Lies.”  This article’s main point is that doctors or any man or woman in nursing uniform or lab coats have the capability to heal or even to kill their patients. Now, since medical personnel’s hands have this great responsibility, it occurred to me the situation wherein a man or a woman would decide to marry a healthcare worker especially a nurse. 

Is marrying a nurse a good decision? Or it would just prove that since nurses have the capability to heal and kill, marrying a nurse had its own benefits and regrets?

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The Heart's Month

In preparation for the heart's month, which is slowly coming I was opted to include here in my second hub the reasons why you must or must not marry a nurse. Of course in the end, the decision will be all yours.

Reasons to Rejoice:

Confucius say:  "Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient."  (Author Unknown)

1. They know how to care

Jean Watson once said that “caring is the essence of nursing” and Val Saintsbury on one occasion told that “nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.”  Well, it’s too obvious that nurses will not be considered as the heart of the healthcare if they don’t know how to care or to be compassionate with others. It is the sense of service to others no matter how gross a situation may be that makes me salute them.

2. Salary and Tenure

Well, let’s see, the nursing career has more salary than some careers, right? The average salary of a registered nurse is $62,450. And since the healthcare profession is a kind of job that will always be in demand until there are no people who are ill, then, nurses will be always needed. “People need to physically visit their health care providers - or have their health care providers come to them - in order to get the care they need, which makes nurses essential to local communities.

3. Patient and Hardworking

Nurses are very patient people, and hardworking too.  Working for almost 12 hours and more requires hard work.  Discrimination and sometimes even abuse from patients and helping doctors need patience. With these two qualities, they will surely make a good wife.

4. Courage

“Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse, “the famous Elizabeth Kenny once said. From Florence Nightingale up till now, you could always count on nurses in terms of guts and bravery.  You could assign them to a war, a society with different culture and a place with so many diseases and illness, but still in lieu with their duty and bounded oath, they have always the courage to face all those situations.

Reasons to Regret:

You know you're a nurse if... you triage the laundry when at home:  This pile needs immediate attention, the pile can wait, this pile, with a little stain stick will be OK until you get back to it.  (Donna Wilk Cardillo)

1. Busyness

Since nursing career is always in demand, and nurses are working for 12 hours and more, you could probably guess that these people in lab coats and nursing uniform are very busy individuals. You will always find time to have time with them. And quality time is ever a need of spouses of nurses.

2. Flexibility of schedule

Due to their different hours of shifting and work, it will be hard for you to cope up with their schedules, unless of course you are also a very flexible person.

3. Risk of Disease

Although nurses have always safety precautions when they are in the hospitals or when attending to every patient, there will always be a risk and possibility that they may carry something from the hospital to your home.  I may also add that some nurses are depressed  due to their work or duty and it happened that when they  go back to your home, that depression will also affect you, as his/her spouse.

4. Smell and Scrubs

Nurses are clean individuals and yet there are times that the smell of the hospital go along with them. With regards to their nursing uniforms, are you sure you want to see them always wearing scrubs every day? Anyway, this last reason to regret marrying a nurse is so easy to resolve. There are a lot of fashion scrubs out there, and nurses can always add collection of perfumes and colognes in their bags and things. ;)

In Love and War: A Story of a Nurse

What's your Decision?

Now tell me? Are you sure you will marry a nurse?


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      Honest person 3 years ago

      This site is u honest and bias. I posted a comment afew months a go. It was deleted because I listed many good reasons for NOT marrying a nurse. So again without listing the reasons again I advise men to stay away from nurses. They are not worth it. Nurses should always stay single period.

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      Pranav R 3 years ago

      I am Pranav, living in india. I love the nursing profession because nurses are angels of god they are the backbone of medical health care. I wish to marry a nurse in my life.

      Thank you.

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      Johnny 4 years ago

      I would love to marry a beautiful and wonderful nurse. They are angels who always look after you. If I married a nurse I would be proud.

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      Mylindaminka 4 years ago

      Сделайте приятный сюрприз своим любимым и близким при помощи добрых и отзывчивых аллодов, которые уже много лет трудятся в поликлиники "Синяя звезда", делая приятное и доброе дело, всякий раз принося в человеческие отношения искорки тепла и счастья!

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      lonely guy 5 years ago

      I'm engaged with the nurse,and i see myself marrying with a nurse because i'm, very flexible and very busy, i'll be independent in house and like to help on house chore.The only problem she is in love with someone else. The reason she willing to marry me because i am her parent choice, i do not know, i will marry her or not. Only god know

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      JC WET 6 years ago

      IF only if i can get a nurse as my wife oh my god,honest i'll definitely be the most happiest man on the planet.of cause,as a senior chemist,i need a nurse.

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      Mamakenzy 6 years ago

      Despite all,Nurses are marriage materials

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      Cathyrin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Support Med for the support in this hub, eh. A change of scrubs is indeed beneficial to prevent diseases. :)

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I think nurses are great and I love clean fresh scrubs! You do have to be careful of taking everything from work home; a change of scrubs along with lots of handwashing is beneficial before going home, LOL!! voted and rated.

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      Cathyrin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks fibo777. There are actually other factors that must be considered before marrying, and profession must not be our sole basis, eh.

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      fibo777 6 years ago from UK

      Well. I am married, but if I wasn't I could. I do not try to divide people into classes. I think that mentality and other qualities would be more important for me rather than a profession and what that profession stands for. Awesome hub. Interesting.

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      Cathyrin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! It's nice to know that you love your sister-in-law.

      Indeed, nurses are commonly caring and loving people. I guess, its because it comes with their job, eh.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Very nice article.

      My sister-in-law is a nurse, and the hardest part for her is the morning shift, and she gets really cranky after the shift work. So, she works only a few days a week. It's a stressful job!

      However, she is a very caring and loving person, a great companion to my brother. Voted up useful and awesome !

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      Cathyrin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Pamela99. Indeed, nursing profession is one of the most fulfilling and greatest career that requires hard work and a heart that cares. Thanks for the comment, eh.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Cathyrin, I am a retired RN due to medical problems but I always loved the profession. I enjoyed your hub immensely. Even with the wild hours and mounds of paper work I can't imagine choosing a profession that was more fulfilling than nursing. Excellent hub/ rated up[.

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      Cathyrin 6 years ago from Philippines

      You have a point there Brielle... :)

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      Brielle 6 years ago

      Every time I saw a nurse, the first thing that will pop out in my mind is that they are the most caring persons. Marrying a nurse? Well, I can agree that they can be the perfect partner, but in the end it’s the heart that will decide whether to marry a nurse or not, right?

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      alberich 6 years ago

      Yes, good nurses are angels! If you would marry any woman a nurse is first on the list!

      Bless You

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      Cathyrin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hey, thanks for the comments. I love nurses, so I thought about making a hub as a tribute to them.:)

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      Dorissun 6 years ago

      Very good article! Nurses are like angles! If I am man, I will marry them.

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Well, I did ;-)

      There must be a reason the Mills & Boon Doctor& Nurse romances sold a million! And Clooney became a heartthrob by romancing a nurse.

      what a great idea for a hub! Brilliantly done- voted up & awesome!

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      Dr. Amilia 6 years ago

      I am a GP and normally people think that we look down at our noses at nurses but honestly is the nurse is hot enough, hell wth the profession... I do... I do.

      This reminds me I need to scope my work place for hot nurses. :P