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10 Reasons Nurses Make Great Partners

10 Reasons Nurses Make Great Partners

Nurses are known for their caring nature, extensive medical knowledge, and ability to solve complex issues quickly. They may not get as much credit as doctors, but they are often doing as much (if not more) to contribute to a patient’s well-being. Unsurprisingly, a nurse’s caring nature carries over to their home life as well as their relationships. Here are a few reasons why nurses not only make great professionals, but excellent partners as well.

1. They have a high level of endurance

Working long shifts while attending to numerous patients make nurses great at facing any personal problems they might encounter at home. It’s great to have a partner by your side who is not willing to give up easily and is in it for the long haul.

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2. They have an extensive medical background

Being a nurse means dealing with many different medical situations, big and small. Having a partner with this wealth of knowledge is ideal, because they can help take care of you in all but the worst situations. There might even be a time when they save your life.

3. They understand the necessity of check-ups

A nurse understands how important it is to be vigilant about your health and to go to all of your annual check-ups. It might be easy letting your annual exams slip your mind, but having a partner that insists that you go on-time is a real blessing and will help you stay healthy for the rest of your life.

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4. They are great listeners

Successful nurses need to be good listeners. Having a partner that takes the time to really comprehend what you are saying is essential to communication, which is a key building block to a healthy, happy relationship.

5. They are great teammates

Working long shifts with other nurses requires solid teamwork. There may be disagreements and personality clashes, but in the end all nurses understand that personal issues need to be put aside to make sure that their patients are properly cared for. This makes nurses great team players at home.

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6. They have a good sense of humor

Nurses encounter many things at work they often wish they didn’t have to see. Humor is one of the many ways that nurses deal with these uncomfortable situations. This is important for any relationship, because the difficult moments you will face together as a couple will always go easier with little bit of humor.

7. They aren’t squeamish

Nurses deal with bodily fluids all the time, and can bear (almost) any squeamish situation. Having a partner that is fine with a little blood is a keeper, because they won’t freak out when life inevitably gets a little messy.

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8. They know when to be concerned

Having dealt with their fair share of medical emergencies, nurses know when a situation is dire and when it is not. It’s important to have a partner who has this outlook in life, because drama is the last thing you need in your relationship.

9. They are financially sound

Nurses often make a average salary of $65, 470, a respectable amount of money that allows them to lead a comfortable and independent lifestyle. This is great for a relationship, because between both your salaries you will not have the burden of financial stress weighing you down.

10. They are able to operate on little sleep

Nurses often are used to working long hours, including working through the night across 12-hour shifts. This is especially useful if you decide to have children. Caring for a newborn means finding little sleep, and having someone who is able to function in this state is a valuable partner to keep around.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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