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Nurse Mom

doctors_stethoscope_with_heartIn honor of International Nurse’s Day (5/12) and Mother’s Day (5/10)…

Nurse Mom (ners mam) noun: A special breed of wildly interesting mothers who spend 12 hour shifts caring for people of all shapes, sizes, and ailments. From grandpas with pneumonia to laboring mothers or pre-term babies, this mom does her best and gives her all at work and then goes home and cares for her own family.

You might have a Nurse Mom if…

you only go to the doctor if you’re dying. Sniffles? Fever? Little nausea/vomiting? If you have a nurse mom, you’ll suck it up and try all possible OTC remedies before you trek to the MD for something viral, plus you know the difference between viral and bacterial. Of course, you know the signs and symptoms that mean you need IMMEDIATE attention… though you might wait a little just to make sure it won’t go away…

you can properly identify your parts. The offspring of nurses know and use the proper names for their body parts. Trachea, gluteus maximus, penis, vagina, esophagus, or femur? Who else would have a 4 year old who knows where their sternum is?

you warn your friends in advance about the graphic dinner conversation. No matter how bad your day is you know a nurse mom has it worse, or at least has a better story about something absolutely disgusting she can share… If you can eat while someone talks about explosive diarrhea, an extensive dressing change, or being covered in amniotic fluid you might have a nurse mom…

you are well-versed in basic first aid. If it’s bleeding you know to hold pressure, if it’s really bleeding you know to occlude the nearest major artery. RICE (rest, ice, elevate, compression)? no problem! You can check for breathing and you probably know compression ratios for CPR… you may have practiced rescue scenarios with your stuffed animals. Most likely, you grew up assuming everyone’s mom had extensive medical knowledge…

you ever asked a friend, “What day are you having Thanksgiving?” and had the question answered with blank stares… It’s not just Thanksgiving though, insert any other holiday. Nurses work holidays. If you have a nurse mom you learn that holidays aren’t about a day they’re about being together. PLUS, sometimes you get to celebrate twice!

you could never predict her schedule. Sometimes nurse moms work weekends, or any other combination of days, they might work days, or nights… It can be hard to tell whether she’s coming or going and she’ll probably miss about 50% of your performances, but she somehow manages to be there when you need her most. It might be her super power…

you can talk to mom about ANYTHING. You know she’s got the sex talk on lock and that she’s heard worse at work than anything you can possibly come up with. Need advice about sex? Have a weird bump? Friend with period questions? ASK MOM, she’s got you covered.

you learned early that being tough is feminine. Your mom kicks ass at every turn, she is the calm one in an emergency and she is always one step ahead. People come to her for advice and she has an air of unquestionable authority, but she is also the first one to offer her shoulder to cry on.

you learned to be self-sufficient and tough. Your Nurse Mom thought nothing of shots or the 143270831865659587_VVjKwdYh_c-2scrape on your knee, so you learned to sit still and take the shot and to clean up the scrape and throw a band-aid on it all by yourself. You also learned to be responsible for your own deadlines, remember all you own equipment for practice or scouts, and how to maintain your calm.

you appreciate every moment a little more. Growing up aware of those crazy hospital stories gives you a different perspective, you know what real suffering is and it colors your interaction with the world.

Growing up with a nurse mom is different… For better or worse you will have vast medical knowledge at your fingertips and a mother who could probably suture something in a pinch. It’s something I’ve always appreciated and loathed, I’m sure my boys will too.





About Jamie Schnell

Jamie Schnell
Jamie Schnell is an RN and full-time mommy to three boys. Her husband, Adam, keeps track of all the stuff that she can never remember where she had it last, and she loves his geeky-wonderfulness. He is definitely the best daddy. Jamie has a BA in English to accompany her BS in Nursing, and recently completed her Master's in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track. Jamie loves reading, writing, crafting anything and everything, green beans, having little parties to celebrate life, coffee, camping, cooking, spa days, Cheetoes, naps, and just being outside.

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