Nursing Voices

Monday, December 31, 2007

Dirty Talk

This publication is from my growing collection of paperback books. It’s a first edition, and it was published in 1961. Nurses have always been portrayed angels of mercy, or as loose women in popular culture. This book takes the latter approach. The book’s main character is Eleanor. She is the eavesdropper who is listening in on her friend’s conversation. According to the author, Eleanor has a million-dollar body and no mind of her own. I hate to disillusion the porn crowd, but I’ve never met a nurse who didn't have a mind of her own. Mindless nurses only exist in the mind of smutty writers. On the other hand, I'll admit that not all nurses are angels. I once worked with a young woman who worked her way through nursing school as a call girl, and I’ve just starting working with a woman who wished that she had Eleanor’s million-dollar body.

I met my new coworker last night. She’s a very nice older lady with graying hair, three grown children, two grandchildren, and her husband who just retired. Half way through our shift, she turned to me and said that she needed some advice. She said that she is under a lot of financial stress, and that the other nurses had told her that I’m always looking for new opportunities, and that I always have creative ideas. She told me that she was getting behind on her mortgage payment, and she asked if I had any ideas about how she could make some extra money.

I listened to her plight, and then I asked her what she liked to do in her spare time, and where her strengths and talents lie. She thought a moment, and then said that she likes working with people, that she is a good listener, and that she likes making people happy. Then she quickly added that she was thinking about working in the sex industry. After a moment of stunned silence, and I asked her if she thought she might be a little too old to stand on a street corner all night while wearing four inch stiletto high heel shoes. She looked surprised by my response, and said that she was thinking about working as a phone sex operator from home. She said that she was too old to turn tricks, but that she enjoyed talking dirty to her husband over the phone. She wanted to know if I thought that she could parlay her talents into a new, lucrative career. What could I say?

I wished her luck in achieving her career goals in the New Year.


Blogger Kacey said...

Very funny story, but it sounds odd that her husband retired and she was having trouble meeting the mortgage. Don't men work until things are paid for, any more? I went back and read your "call girl" post and really smiled. That is one smart woman, I, too, went through nursing school by having sex. He was my husband of twenty-two years and father of my three kids. I was forty and he really got turned on, when I wore nothing but my nurse's cap and stethoscope. Some guys just love nurses!

8:43 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Good for her for thinking outside of the box! And being open/confident enough to talk about it. I just hope it isn't out of complete desperation.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Amrita said...

Happy New Year

12:40 PM  
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Yes, nurses are very welcome in all types of fields!

2:25 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Hmmm . . . That is pretty disturbing. I hope she finds a real second job.

3:58 PM  
Blogger mielikki said...

Interesting. . .
but I guess someone's gotta do it, right?

8:14 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Happy New Year to you, too, MJ! Be sure to check out our Top 25 Posts of 2007 over at Shrink Rap.

2:48 AM  
Blogger NurseWilliam said...

Happy New Year, dear friend. Excellent story.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Cliffie said...

Cybersex isn't the world's oldest profession but it's the most profitable. Can't hardly blame a person for wanting to get into it.

8:35 AM  

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