Nursing Characteristics: Why a Nurse Would Survive the Apocalypse

nursing-characteristics-survive-apocalypseSome of today’s most popular shows and movies feature post-apocalyptic, dystopian societies where a group of random people struggle to survive. The Walking Dead features a core group trying to find safety amongst hordes of hungry zombies. The Hunger Games finds teenagers in the midst of a rebellion against a suppressive government. Fallen Skies sees Noah Wyle fighting against invading aliens. And while these groups are typically small, all of them have a medical professional. And why not? After all, a nurse would probably survive any apocalyptic situation.

Fast Reflexes

Any nurse knows that fast reflexes are a key to survival in the medical field. The same holds true for survival when the world is coming to an end. You can’t let your guard down for a minute when you are in charge of multiple patients or when you are being chased by people trying to steal your food and shelter. A nurse will be able to react quickly to everything going on around him or her once society as we know it collapses, whether looking to defend him- or herself or seeking shelter.

On Your Feet

Nurses are familiar with standing all day long with very few breaks. With zombies shambling around and aliens constantly attacking, the post-apocalyptic world is hardly going to allow for many opportunities to veg out on a comfy couch while watching a Netflix marathon. While anybody would be exhausted, a nurse stands a higher chance of being able to tolerate week-long treks with more patience and fortitude than someone who is used to sitting at a desk for eight hours a day and then slowly sinking into a couch at night.

Judge Away

When everybody is scrambling to find safety once the aliens invade, a second ice-age occurs or the governments across the world break down, it’s difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. Sure, this loner could just be looking to be part of a bigger group, but she could also be trying to steal something instrumental to survival. She may also be carrying the deadly virus that struck down the rest of the human population. Nurses will be able to quickly judge situations. They are used to making quick judgments based on stone-cold facts during emergencies.


One of the easiest ways to tear apart a small group of survivors is by not communicating. However, with a nurse amongst the group, you don’t have to worry about that. Nurses have to be great communicators, not only with doctors and fellow nurses, but with their patients and the families of patients. A nurse will be able to ensure everybody is sharing the proper information and help avoid any group fallouts.

Emotional Stability

So the atomic bombs have rendered 90 percent of the planet unlivable. Everybody is stressed about missing loved ones and where to find safety. Panic breaks out and soon there are emotional breakdowns and fighting. You won’t find a nurse among that group. Nurses are the support systems for patients and families. Although they may become emotionally connected to their patients, they are still able to hold back from emotional outbursts. This calm demeanor is invaluable during the apocalypse.

Medical Knowledge

Of course a nurse is likely to be revered amongst his or her group, since he or she can properly treat wounds and illnesses. An average Joe may decide to make a tourniquet after getting a deep cut or wound on his leg, but a nurse can tell you just how bad of an idea that is. Even with a shortage of supplies, nurses will still be able to do more than the everyday person when it comes to treatments. If your group has the chance to raid an abandoned hospital or clinic for supplies, she is the one who can tell you what medications and supplies are absolutely crucial.


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