There are plenty of careers out there that often get labelled a nice “bonus” in dating, but few can compete with nursing. Dating a nurse is like winning the lottery – sure, you won’t get rich, but you’ll find that the myriad bonuses that come with a nurse are worth far more than any paycheck. Of course, nurses do earn a nice paycheck, too.
It’s no secret that the economy is rough these days. The job market’s in shambles, and people everywhere are wondering if their jobs will still be there a few years from now. Nurses are on an ever-shortening list of careers that seem to be in no danger, though. It’s not often at all that you hear the words “Nurse” and “laid off.” With a nurse as your partner in life, you can be more confident about your financial future – even if your own career gets rocky, they’ll be a stabilizing force for the both of you.
One of the first things a nurse learns is patience. Don’t leap to conclusions, don’t act recklessly, try to get a full read on what’s really going on – it’s necessary because they’re dealing with other peoples’ lives on a daily basis. This same mentality applies to life at home, especially when the occasional argument arises. Nurses are less likely to “make mountains out of molehills,” which means spats at home are less likely to turn into full-blown marital problems.
Job Portability – Live Anywhere
Most people are tied to the town they’re in, and it’s very hard for them to pick up and move to a new place if they ever want a change of scenery. The biggest hurdle to moving to a new place is often the plain and simple fact that, in order to do it, you’d have to leave the job you have and find a new one in the area you’d like to make your new home. Nurses have job portability; they’re able to be a nurse anywhere, and nurses are needed everywhere. So, if you and your nurse want to move to another state, into the city, or out to the ‘burbs, you’ve got that option available – with a lot less worry and heartache than you’d have otherwise.
At the core, nurses are caregivers. They don’t go through the long process of becoming a nurse just for the paycheck (it may be good, but it’s not that good). They want to help people, and that says a great deal about a person. We’ve all heard stories about the egotistical nightmares that our friends have dated – or even experienced them ourselves – but it’s a rare tale that one of them was a nurse. Having a partner who’s a genuinely caring person is important, and you’re definitely taking a step in the right direction if you’re dating a nurse.
Happier at Work = Happier at Home
So many people work in a job that they hate, a job full of people they can’t stand, forced to spend eight hours a day staring at the walls of their cubicle, with very little real human contact. Jobs like these drain people so badly that they end up miserable all the time. When a nurse goes home at the end of the day, they may be tired, but they won’t be drained by a soulless job in a cube farm. Nurses see and talk to people all day, they get to know their co-workers, and they’re able to socialize while getting the job done. Happiness at work leads to happiness at home, and that’s good for the both of you.
Doesn’t Sweat the Small Stuff
When your job is to deal with literal life and death situations on a daily basis, you tend to be a bit tougher to frazzle at home. Spilt milk on new carpet is no longer the end of the world – it’s just spilt milk. Nurses are hard to stress with everyday home-life drama, and having a partner who won’t crack with every little problem that comes along can be invaluable to anyone.
Enjoy Their Time Off
Nurses may spend most of the day on their feet, but they also spend it socializing in one way or another. This somewhat odd mix of a nurse’s daily work-life means that they usually like a nice mix between going out for drinks and vegging out on the couch with their partner. They rarely act a fool when going out for a night on the town, but they’re also not likely to be against going out in the first place! It’s easy to forget that a career can affect time off-the-clock, and it’s nice to have a partner that will spend that time with you in a way you can both enjoy.
Nurses deal with people – that’s just what they do. A big part of that is talking, whether it’s patients or their family members, and while it may not be the primary goal of the conversation, nurses tend to learn an awful lot about everyone in the area, and what’s happening in town. It’s pretty nice to have a partner whose real-life social network is more expansive than most teenagers’ Facebook pages. You’re never out of the loop!
Healthy Lifestyle, Stay in Better Shape
Countless relationships go on the rocks, or even flat-out fail because somebody doesn’t stay in shape. It sounds horrible to say it, but it’s not easy to keep the fire going if you’re having trouble finding your partner physically attractive. Nurses don’t spend all day at work sitting in an ergonomic chair, eating donuts. They’re up and moving all day, keeping active – they also tend to exercise more, as they’re constantly telling patients to do it themselves! So while you may need to motivate yourself to keep in shape, it’s unlikely that you’ll have to get on your nurse partner about it, because they’ll probably be in better shape than you are.
You Have a Live-In Nurse
This final point is so obvious, but easily the single biggest reason why anyone would be lucky to have a nurse for a partner – the health benefits. You would literally have a live-in nurse. You would have a massive amount of medical know-how at your disposal, any time of day. You’d never have to panic (too much) with a sick child or sudden stomach pain, because the first person you instinctively call for in that moment is already a nurse. No amount of medical insurance can bring that much comfort to a household.