As old folks say, marry a nurse and it will be like winning a lottery. Are you wondering why?
There are twelve fantastic reasons why marrying a nurse is like hitting the jackpot. Tell us if you agree!
1. Compassionate care
Providing care to others is the center of the nursing profession. Needless to say, this is the first reason why nurses make great partners. They naturally give compassionate care to the people they love.
“I did not believe in love anymore when I got divorced. But then I met my nephew’s school nurse and got it the other way around. The way she cared for me and our kids everyday even if she’s the one who is really sick makes me feel proud of her. I’m glad I married again, and this time to a nurse.” – From Kenny, Minnesota
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2. A good listener
Nurses are naturally sensitive and empathetic when listening to others. When you want to talk about a problem, a nurse might not successfully give you solutions but you will definitely feel less alone. Nurses are trained to communicate therapeutically and they know how to be a good listener.
“Unbelievably, my wife could sense if I had a bad day at work. She would sit down and persuade me to talk about what was bothering me. She would listen to my whines without interruption and after, her simple words never fail to comfort me. I hate to say this as a man but she always offers a sturdy shoulder I could lean on in times of hardships.” – From David, Oregon
3. Incredibly patient
Because of the nature of their work, nurses have an incredible amount of patience. Handling persistent rude patients is no-sweat for them so outside work, their patience becomes second nature.
“After throwing a mini-tantrum after my husband made me wait for two hours, he just smiled and calmly told me that he had to work overtime. He explained how he had to help with an ongoing code in his unit. He forgot his phone in his locker, and I could still see blood in his crocs. When I asked him hours later where he got his patience, he simply said that my tantrum was nothing compared to the family drama he had to manage at work whenever there were not-so-alarming cases in the ER.” – From Kim, Minnesota
4. Knows when to worry
Nurses witness a lot of medical cases at work. They know the right time to worry about your health and safety. With their experience handling different cases of accidents and illnesses at work, they know the appropriate time to be worried.
“My wife, who is a nurse for 15 years, knows perfect timing. One day, I came rushing to her for extreme abdominal pain. To me, the pain felt unbearable! She examined my abdomen and told me that it was just intestinal gases from eating tons of sweet potatoes earlier that day. It turned out to be true, so I thought unless I was bleeding profusely or turning blue, she would never be alarmed of my health complains. But one day, I told her about a weird mole that erupted on my nose. Surprisingly, she brought me to the clinic right away. Days later, they found out I had skin cancer. I thank my wife for the early detection.” – From Glen, Maryland
5. A good team player
Nurses know the importance of helping each other at work. They are used to working as a team to in order to make their workload lighter. Because of this, they are known to be good team players in an intimate relationship. A relationship is valuable when the two of you help each other, right?
“My wife has been a nurse for over a decade. It never fails to amaze me how she can multi-task in-between house chores, her job at the hospital, and her hobbies. She even offers a helping hand to me when doing our everyday responsibilities as parents. In large part thanks to her, we make an amazing team.” – From Jimmy, New York
6. Puts health on top priority
When you marry a nurse, you get lifetime free medical advice from your spouse. This perk will save you from waiting in line at clinics just to clear your confusions about your family’s health.
Your nurse spouse will also ensure that you will get immediate medical attention when something is wrong with you. After all, health is a family’s irreplaceable wealth.
“You’ll know you married well when your wife puts health on top of everything. But I think that’s perfectly normal when you marry a nurse. My children and I are lucky to have my wife take care of our health well, from healthy meals up to routine check-ups.” – From Dane, Oakland
7. Gets you through tough times
In the case of worried patients scheduled for surgeries, nurses have the amazing talent to talk through a patient’s fears. The same talent will help you get through the tough times of your life when your spouse is a nurse. Nurses have a particular ability to calm down stressed patients through conversations, and you will find that a simple talk with your nurse spouse can make your problems feel lighter.
“Whenever I’m having mood swings or premenstrual syndrome, I’m glad my husband is there to help me through it. He has this amazing talent of talking through the problem until I feel better. I guess that’s one of the things they learn in nursing schools!” – From Rosy, Kentucky
8. All things gross are normal
Phlegm, blood, urine, stool, intestinal gases – these things are normal for nurses. They are also used to seeing people get naked for surgical procedures and routine physical examinations. For these reasons, you will have less insecurities when your spouse is a nurse.
“When we first got married, I had trouble adjusting to my wife’s type of conversation over meals. She’s a nurse and whenever I asked about her day at work, her stories were filed with all sorts of body fluids! I later figured out she had a strong stomach; she had no problems cleaning our dog’s messes whether it was poop or plain vomit.” – From Drake, Louisiana
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9. Salary stability
Nursing is one of the few professions with stable salaries nowadays. There is a continuous need for nurses around the world so they are rarely unemployed. When your spouse is a nurse, you will seldom worry about unemployment or insufficient income. Average salaries of nurses range from $60,000 to $100,000 annually.
“I was laid off during the Great Recession last 2008. It was a major blow for most of my co-workers that time. Fortunately for my family, my husband’s work as a nurse was not affected by economic downfall so we were able to survive it.” – From Julian, Alabama
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10. Clear thinking under pressure
Nurses are used to working under pressure. They can quickly prioritize and make an important decision in the middle of a busy, overtime shift. This trait is handy in times of emergencies. It’s great to have a spouse that can still think clearly when you have lost your wits in an emergency situation.
“Our daughter was having a very high fever and she suddenly had a convulsion. I thought I was brave enough but I just stood there frozen when it happened. Good thing my wife is a nurse and she hurriedly got a basin with iced water. She bathed our daughter’s head in the basin and the convulsion stopped. She had to direct me about driving them to the hospital since I was completely shocked.” – From Alexis, North Carolina
11. Knows the best in the healthcare industry
Nurses know the best choices in their field. They know who the best doctors are and where the best medical services can be found.
“When I got pregnant, I was really worried about giving birth. Good thing my husband is a nurse and he assured me that we would consult the best OB-Gyne in our area. The same thing happened to our son. He personally picked his paediatrician. I know we’re in good hands since my husband knows our doctors very well.” – From Tracy, California
12. Saves lives
Lastly, who could not feel proud if their spouse’s job is to save lives? Nursing is a noble profession anyone could be proud of. It feels awesome to brag that you have married someone who saves lives every day.
“I take care of our son every day when my wife goes to work. She is a nurse and works by day while I work at night. One day, when I was about to pick up our son in school, I heard him talking about his mom’s job. I felt proud to hear our son bragging about how his mom saves lives every day!” – From Johnny, Colorado
Now, are you convinced that marrying a nurse is like winning the lottery? Calling all nurses out there, share this list and ask your friends if it is worthy to marry a nurse. Let us know of their reactions in the comments.
About the Author: Je Abarra is a nurse by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She is working as a staff nurse in the pediatric ward of a private city hospital for more than two years. During her free time, she usually writes about her fascinations in health and nursing. She loves to provide tips and fun facts about nursing and healthy living.