Meet the nurses
How to make your friendship go viral.
As I enter into my third year as a Trinity Western University nursing student, I find myself amused. Apparently I spent the first two years of my education unaware of the stereotypes, and possible truths, surrounding nursing majors. Recently many of my non-nursing peers have expressed to me the barriers faced in seeking out the company of a scrub wearing lass (or lad). Although every faculty is laced with stereotypes, I felt obligated to debunk some of the common misconceptions regarding nursing students and aid the common layman in their pursuit to befriend one.
1.) Learn to be bold because we actually want to meet you:
Yes, nurses move in packs but we don’t mean to. As a nursing student we spend every day ofour four years at TWU with the same 50 people. Our schedules are cemented in stone, so even when we have the freedom to choose an elective course, there are often only one or two classes that fit into our demanding schedule. Where there is one nurse taking a Philosophy course there is bound to be five more, so be brave and say hello; if you’ve got an in with one nurse, you’re bound to meet them all.
2.) Be patient with us and utilize selective hearing:
Nurses will talk about nursing A LOT. We don’t mean to however; it is a subconscious tendency that can’t be stopped. As nursing students, we are constantly operating in high stress environments and can usually be found riding an emotional roller coaster. If you allow a nurse to verbally process her feelings it is less likely that she will burst into tears for no apparent reason.
For those in the presence of third or fourth year nurses, selective hearing is essential. By then nursing students have almost completely lost their filters, and yes, even the lunch table is fair ground for a conversation regarding catheters.
3.) Try not to use us for medical advice:
This one may come as a shock but guess what? Nursing students do not know what is wrong with your swollen ankle, your bruised shoulder, your runny nose, or that weird pain in the back of your neck. Yes, we have a better frame of reference than your average geography student but we aren’t doctors and trust needs to be established before we want to look at your toe fungus.
As a bonus, and because we all attend TWU, I also thought I’d throw in some advice on how to date a nurse. Though there are male nurses among us, we acknowledge that we are a faculty comprised mostly of women, so this one’s for the boys. While caring is one of our most admirable characteristics, we are not the nurses dressed in white skirts that you see wiping the brow of feverish soldiers in movies. We wear pants, work 12-hour shifts, and have seen enough blood, poop, and guts to give most people nightmares. Flowers and chocolates are great but we also appreciate the little things even if it’s just an open ear to talk to orhaving a Kleenex tissue ready.
Combine these three steps with a cup of coffee and you’ll be well on your way to befriending, and possibly even dating, one of the fine nursing students at TWU. Can’t find one? Just follow the long and winding path that leads to the dreaded basement of the Neufeld building. Trust me, it’s worth the walk.