10 Childhood Traits That Signaled You Were A Nurse In The Making

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.

It takes a special kind of person to become a nurse. So special, in fact, that we’re willing to wager there were some signs throughout childhood that you were destined for scrubs.

Not sure? Perhaps one of these 10 telling traits will strike a chord.



Your parents were all about those family road trips.

You never asked to stop and use the restroom, even that one time, when you were on the road for 12 HOURS.



While you weren’t exactly clear on the science, a part of you felt like there might really be something to that whole “cooties” thing, and you took the threat very seriously.

So—if anybody got a little too close, you’d go from 0:


To 100:


Real fast.



You always felt really torn about high-contact sports. Sure, you saw the potential for injury everywhere, but you weren’t about to miss out on witnessing all the action (all minor, of course).



You always just knew when your brother or sister was pretending to be sick. Depending upon your mood, you might even help them up their game while your parents searched for the thermometer. Otherwise…




You drank a least a cup and a half of coffee to prepare for every test, quiz or presentation—starting with the ABCs, and that report you did on sea otters.



You kind of preferred used toys—especially stuffed animals. They were much more fun to take care of than teddy bears who weren’t at risk of losing a (button) eye.



You were UNPHASED when your parents explained to you “the birds and the bees.”


You may even have corrected them. Twice. 



You were pretty fearless, but for some reason, you had a very negative response to clipboards. In fact, one glimpse of the classroom roster and:




It was all right if your parents forgot to drop a treat into your lunchbox, but if they forgot to include your favorite anti-bacterial hand wipes—well, then there was hell to pay.




As for trips to the doctor’s office…

Other kids:




So you see? There was no escaping that #NurseLife. But is that really such a bad thing?


Point out the signs we forgot in the comments section below! 


This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.



  1. I played Nurse since age 3. I created hospital rooms for all of my dolls in my Mom’s kitchen by stringing up towels from one cabinet to another. My doctor would always let me have the syringe that they gave me shots with (back then, the needle was attached and couldn’t be removed), so I would add food coloring to water and draw it up to give my baby dolls their shots. I had to have the nurse’s kit and the doctor’s kit (I thought it would have some better equipment), and I would always wear my nurse uniform that my Mom ordered me from Montgomery Ward (I still have that uniform, cape and cap – my Mom kept them in her cedar chest after I outgrew them). I wouldn’t miss an episode of the old EMERGENCY show on t.v. Those memories were precious. After my 30 years of being a Nurse, I look back on those days with pride!!!

  2. None of the signs. It was however, expected. My mother was night time supervisor of the entire hospital and my father was a paramedic.
    My father vetoed teaching….” You will starve”

  3. I had none of the signs listed. In fact I was completely opposite. But when I wanted to go to College in 1968 for occupational therapy, my mom said why don’t you go to nursing school and get somekind of occupation that will support you in life and then consider going to college for OT. There were only three schools in the US in 1968 that had programs for Occupation Therapy and they were so far from Maryland that I would have college tuition and boarding and at that time Occupational Therapy was just coming into it’s own. My mother didn’t think there was much future in his occupation. She wanted me to be able to support myself. So nursing it was. I didn’t do bad but I always missed my first dream of being an Occupational Therapist and if she were alive today, she would have been sorry for not getting me in on the ground level occupation therapy.

  4. I had very few of the signs listed but I knew as far back as I cac remember I wanted to be a nurse.
    I asked for “nurses kits ” for Christmas, not more dolls. They were only good as my “patients”!
    When I had to “get a shot” I wouldn’t follow the nurse’s instruction to “hold your nose and look at your mommy so it won’t hurt”. No way! I had to watch how she did it so l’d know how to do it.
    While many of my friends took French, I took two years of Latin in high school because at that time it was considered a must have to get into a nursing school.
    I probably would have used the had wipes but I don’t think that they were invented yet.


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