Spirit Animals That Shouldn’t Be Nurses

Didn’t see your spirit animal on last week’s list of animals who would make good nurses?

Maybe that is because your spirit animal should pick a new spirit career! We at Find Nursing Schools had so much fun making that list of spirit animals who would be great nurses, we wanted to make a list of animals that would make bad nurses. If you relate to any of these animals’ behaviors or if you consider them your spirit animal, maybe nursing isn’t for you.

Spirit Animals that Should not be Nurses

Spirit animals that should choose a different spirit career include…


1. House Cat (Felis catus)

Spirit Career: Judge

Key Attributes: While some cats make great companions, they are much more independent than their house-pet counterpart, dogs, and have varying degrees of appreciation for human interaction. Because nursing is a very hands-on position that requires nurses to be around people very often and work toward their well-being, cats aren’t the best candidates for nursing because they are more likely to fend for themselves than provide for others. Their impatience and choosiness in people to interact with, situations, food and housing arrangements makes them more likely to have a spirit career as a judge or business professional than a nurse.

2. Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Spirit Career: Unemployed

Key Attributes: The mystery of pandas runs as long as time, and no one is quite sure if they have this species figured out. From what we do know, pandas may look cute, but looks can be deceiving. Pandas are not known to have a very strong maternal instinct and will often leave cubs to fend for themselves only days after birth, a trait that would not fly in the hospital when patients are in need and a nurse is not interested. They are also often mean-spirited, abusive toward fellow pandas, especially their young, and have bad tempers. Combined with being rather lazy, none of these traits would make a panda an applicable candidate for most jobs, let alone nursing!

3. Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentine)

Spirit Career: Security Guard

Key Attributes: Snapping turtles’ main defense traits are their powerful jaws in addition to large thick claws, making them not very approachable or friendly. Nurses need to have good tempers and be caring and gentle with patients, qualities that snapping turtles do not possess. Instead, they are good at keeping guard and defending themselves, which could make them good security guards in their spirit career, but not care providers. Plus, at the slow pace they move, patients would have to practice patience for their treatment.

4. Nurse Shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum)

Spirit Career: Garbage Collector

Key Attributes: While nurse sharks may fool you with their name, seemingly making them an obvious choice for a spirit career in nursing, the many rows of sharp, serrated teeth that these and all shark breeds possess isn’t an exactly effective smile for calming patients down in the hospital. Even though all sharks have an unmatchable interest in blood, which may make you think that they would do well as a wound care nurse or other type of specialty nurse, a few behavioral traits prove that nurse sharks would make better garbage collectors or street sweeps than nurses due to their bottom-dwelling and unselective hunting habits. Their mean appearance, combined with slightly aggressive tendencies against other nurse sharks and even humans would make a nurse shark a bad nurse.

5. Squirrel (Sciuridae)

Spirit Career: Beat-Boxer/Performing Artist

Key Attributes: With their adorable faces, social tendencies, and reasonably high intelligence for a small rodent, some may say that squirrels could be great pediatric nurses or happy registered nurse in a hospital or clinic, but they would be mistaken. Squirrels have rather poor personal hygiene and can be the carriers of serious diseases and plagues. Of the 56 cases of plague in the United States between 2000 and 2009, squirrels were the main transmitters of more illnesses than even rats, the culprits of the bubonic plague. That’s not hospital materiel. Squirrels also tend to be hoarders and rather pesky pests with a penchant for chewing on cords and tubes, habits that aren’t appreciated during patient care. Squirrels would do much better in a musical spirit career, quarantined in a music studio laying down high pitch tracks or beat boxing.

Do you have any animals to add to our list of spirit animals with spirit careers outside of nursing? We would love to hear them! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet your #SpiritCareer to @FindNursing or connect with us on Facebook and comment on our Find Nursing Schools‘ page with what your spirit animal is and what your spirit career would be.

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