As much as I hate promoting stereotypes of any sort, I think as nurses we all can relate to the similar characteristics certain colleagues, or former nursing school classmates, possessed can be kind of universal. No matter what city you’re from or what facility you’re working in, I can bet you can identify some of these comical nurse personality-types. (Maybe, you’ll even fit into one of these categories yourself!)
8 Types of Nurses You’ll Meet
The “Seasoned” Nurse
Everybody knows that one nurse who probably has been doing it since before you were even born. You know that because they constantly remind you of the fact. And although they may not be as quick on their feet as they once were (back in the stone ages), they’ll still overwhelm the younger nurses with their abundance of “wisdom and expertise.”
Must commonly you’ll find this type of nurse sitting on their swivel chair and slowly, eventually, getting to their tasks.
Best way to deal with this type of nurse? Remind yourself that their retirement is approaching…
The New Nurse
The “seasoned” nurse is one thing but, the “new nurse” is a whole different entity. New nurses can often be spotted flailing about with expressions like a deer in headlights. A lot of hand-holding happens with these breeds of nurses.
Best way to deal with this type of nurse? Take them under your wing and teach them to do things the proper way. That way you’ll never have to teach them again OR clean up their messes.
The “Nibbling Nurse”
Snacking is a great way to keep motivated and energized throughout a shift, especially when there’s not time for a real meal. However, there’s always that one nurse that is always snacking on something. This is what I lovingly refer to as the “nibbling nurse.” I don’t know how they do it, but they are constantly eating. Either that or they’re keeping their oral fixation at bay with a beverage in hand.
Best way to deal with this type of nurse? Keep some treats at your work station.
The Humorless Nurse
There’s always a nurse that cannot take a joke. And, their face is always about as stiff as one of those British gate-keeping guards that wear those tall hats. But, they’re not so humor-lacking because they’re mean or anything…they’re probably just really focused on their job. Don’t take it personally if this person doesn’t laugh at your hilarious story about your child’s potty-training progress.
Best way to deal with this type of nurse? Just be nice (…and don’t bother with the knock-knock jokes.)
The Token Testosterone Nurse
Even now, nursing is still a female-dominated field. But, whenever there’s a scenario that might need a man’s touch, you know that you turn to some certain male nurses to get the job done.
The Wild Nurse
The “Wild Nurse” can be found in their natural habitat, as the center of attention. They’re the type that’s not afraid to spill their most intimate and honest thoughts. This outgoing RN may seem boisterous at times, but hey, they’re also a lot of fun to be around!
Best way to deal with this type of nurse? Probably go out for a drink with them and ask about their college years…and hilarious stories surely will ensue.
The Fashionable Nurse
While the rest of us recycle the same couple pairs of boring scrubs, the Fashionable Nurse always is strutting around in new ones in every pattern fathomable. Or, they’ve got their makeup on photoshoot-ready daily. It may seen excessive, but if that’s what makes them happy, who’s to judge? You go, Fashionable Nurse!
The Fitness-focused Nurse
Okay, this nurse can’t be human. I have a theory that were created in a lab or a robotic production line because they somehow are able to successful hit the gym after a 12-hour shift. Like, HOW???!! Fitness obsessed nurses will always judge you for eating Chips Ahoy and will always be on top of their sneaker game with the freshest kicks to date.
How to deal with this nurse? Avoid conversations with the word “gluten” in them….
(Side note: Travel nurses get to experience these lovely personalities even more frequently.)