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

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.

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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.

1. 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.

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2. 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:

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To 100:

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Real fast.

3. 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).

4. 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…

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5. 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.

6. 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.

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

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You may even have corrected them. Twice. 

8. 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:

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9. 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.

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10. As for trips to the doctor’s office…

Other kids:

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You:

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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.

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  1. 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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