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Why Do Nurses Have a High Divorce Rate?

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2019 | Divorce

Being a nurse is a high stress occupation, so it is not shocking that many marriages among nurses don’t last. Trying to juggle family and highly demanding nursing shifts leads to high rates of divorce. That’s true even if the other spouse also works in the healthcare field. The nursing profession is among the occupations with the highest divorce rates in the United States. In fact, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses experience a divorce rate of about 47%.

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So, Why Do Nurses Have a High Divorce Rate?

Generally, over the past 30 years, the divorce rate in the U.S. has been declining. That’s mainly thanks to more equitable gender roles, birth control methods, later marriages and family counseling.

However, the divorce numbers for nurses still rank high, despite the overall decline among U.S. marriages. Why is this so? Well, here are some of the top reasons why nurses have a high divorce rate.

1. High Stress

Nursing professionals consistently face high levels of stress in their healthcare roles. Many people hold them in high regard, and thus they have many expectations to live up to. The high expectations lead to stress, which often spills into their personal life. That results in confusion, strain and a disconnection between the people they love. Other factors that may contribute to high-stress include:

  • The long shifts
  • Mandatory overtime
  • Short staffing
  • Insufficient pay
  • Demanding patient care

2. Barriers in Communication

Nurses undergo thorough training on the importance of communication with all parties involved in a patient’s care. They need to communicate effectively with the patients they care for, and the families of those patients. However, some nurses might not know how to communicate effectively outside their professional role. They may fail to know how to communicate with their spouses in a nurturing manner. Yes, many nurses care about others, but they might not really care enough about their marital relationships and family

3. Power Struggles

The nursing profession is highly respected. The level of respect tends to come with a specific level of power. If the power is used incorrectly, it may cause one’s spouse to feel inferior, eventually leading to resistance and separation. The power may also come from the average six figure yearly wage of nurses. Sometimes, the salary of a female nurse is more than that of her male spouse. Since males love to view themselves as the head of the household; the salary difference can lead to resentment.

While there might be other contributing factors, the above points are the most common causes of divorce. However, nurses can try to save their relationships by taking certain measures. For one, they should be friends with themselves. That means leaving work at work and having time for oneself. For instance, before heading home, one can stop for a latte, visit the gym or chat with a friend.

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Additionally, trying to connect lovingly daily can help. That may include saying I love you every morning or sending a funny video by text to one’s spouse. Also, taking time to sit together with a spouse to watch a favorite film or giving a massage is worthwhile. If you can’t reconcile your differences then contact Alliance Law Group.