Yes I know that RNs have bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, and yes I know that nurses make a decent high five-figure salary. And I know that a high five-figure salary can get you a comfortable life in flyover country. I wonder if the people who think that I don’t know this stuff have actually been reading my blog? I blog about these topics all the time. I have been writing for years that nursing will become a male profession because it’s one of the few growing fields where someone of average intelligence can make a decent middle class salary. See this post, for example.
But proleness is about more than just income. Nurses are prole for a large number of reasons.
Nurses primarily come from prole backgrounds, and never from upper middle class backgrounds. You will never see someone from an upper middle class family want to become a nurse.
Nursing as a major is prole because it’s strictly vocational. The upper middle class seek college majors that are more theoretical.
Nursing, as a career, is seen as something unglamorous that you do strictly for the money. The upper middle class seek self-actualization from their careers.
Why would anyone become a nurse if they can become a doctor? Nurses are people who are either not smart enough for medical school, or have a low future-time orientation (they want to start earning money as soon as possible and not “waste” time on edumacation), or come from a family background that makes them feel that they can’t afford medical school, in other words a prole family background.
But I think that the most telling evidence of the proleness of nurses can be seen in observing who nurses marry. And I found a great source for this information: a nursing forum where a nursing student innocently asks if any nurses marry doctors. Here are some of the answers:
I myself am happily married to a firefighter (we were married before he became a firefighter). The fact that he had a job and ambition when we met was enough for me. I myself am more concerned with a person's personality, the chemistry between us, that sort of thng. –RNinMay
I'm engaged to a police officer, not an MD. – KC Chick
What I think is interesting is the number of Nurses who are married/partnered with Cops, Fireboys,EMT/Paramedics, etc. It's like we are magnetically attracted to them. Oh and BTW, I married a computer geek too.....it was 36 years in June. – P_RN
I did have my dreams come true with my present husband of 19 years--He is a lumber broker! – fiestynurse
I like that when I call my husband at work (he's a restaurant manager) he is happy to hear from me. – misti_z
None of the qualities of these doctors are anything I would want to marry into. I'm proud to be married to my husband! He is in the Air Force and was a firefighter for 7 years before changing career fields. His qualities outweigh anything that a doctor thinks he could offer – NurzofFaith
You couldn't pay me to marry any of the docs I know. The only single ones I meet are either a$$es or gay or old. – fergus51
My class of 22 had 5 students married to Firemen, 3 to Police Officers and two that were dating EMT's. – burger914
Just for the record...I'm married to a police officer too! – Forevermomof5
My husband is in nuclear power. – BBNurse34
My hubby was a FF in CA before moving to FL – RNinMay
Me, personally, I married an electrical engineer. Love him to death, and he doesn't carry a beeper . If you're in the market for a spouse, I highly suggest marrying a 'nerd.' They make GREAT husbands. Loyal, very loving, and darn handy around the house...especially with computers. LOL!! – JennieBSN
I married a self-proclaimed "techno-weenie." CPA-turned-computer-consultant. Great with computers and kids. – Zee_RN For the record I have never dated any Dr's but i have dated a police officer and I think RN's go out with police officers/ firemen as they are pretty much on similar schedules/pay scale and live in the real world – Joolsdoc
No, I'm not married to a Doc. I'm married to a handsome computer geek. – mom22
Well, I was married to a policemen for 18 years. I guess we are attracted to them due to our strange sense of humor. As to wanting to marry a doctor, NOT!. Girls been reading too many Harlequin novels methinks. I would think 1/10 doctors is worth talking to. – leesonlpn
Here in south florida the trend is nurses are with firefighter/paramedics, its like supermodels and rockstars@ Some are married to cops as well. the monly one's that marry doctors are doctors themselves, since they spent all this time together in med school and/or residency! – ERDIVA2B
I am married to a paratransit driver (bus driver) and I wouldn't trade him for the world. – essarge
Personally give me a working man: mechanic, construction, etc for a good balance for a nurse. – normarae
My husband runs the information systems department at one of the local hospitals – maryb
ANYONE can get a doctor. However, I would recommend the cops, firefighters, etc, that these wise women have found. – proudtobeanuse
As we can see, nurses do not marry people with upper middle class careers. Nope, nurses marry husbands with prole careers like firemen and policemen. These careers are well suited to nurses because they are male prole careers which pay well. Most nurses actually have contempt for doctors. They are not sexually attracted to doctors.
We also see that when nurses do marry someone with an office job, they nearly always marry someone in a technical field like computers or engineering. We know that technical people tend to come from prole backgrounds themselves.
The exception is the nurse who is married to a “lumber broker,” but that sounds kind of like a prole office job and not something that a man who graduated from Harvard would do.
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I am writing about this topic because it relates to the big topic of the last few days, which is the mass murder perpetrated by James Holmes. James’s mother is a nurse and his father is some sort of computer person, so we see that this is a typical nurse marriage.
I still am of the opinion that James’s mother is from a prole background and has only an average IQ (just smart enough to graduate from nursing school), and that his father is also from a prole background and is very nerdy and clueless as is not entirely uncommon among people with doctorate degrees in Statistics.