I am a nurse. This is (mostly) a good thing. I have healed people, comforted people, and I get to contribute to society every day. (Yay I’m such a good person!)
But there is what I like to call the Nurse Curse. If word gets out that you are a nurse – Beware! Everyone is a patient.
My fellow nurses have surely encountered these:
You get a text message from your friend about her sick baby – “What can I give her?”
Your coworker sticks her arm in your face to show you the strange mole that’s been there for months – “Do you think it’s serious?”
Your friend unloads a pile of over-the-counter meds on your lap – “Which one of these should I take for my cold?”
An acquaintance casually mentions she’s been having headaches for a year now – “Should I see a doctor?”
Even if your friends KNOW you’re in a specific specialty (say, pediatrics) that doesn’t stop them from asking you about their grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease or their father’s lab results. It’s pretty flattering to be seen as a healthcare expert (even if you have to do some frantic research before answering their question)!