How To Not Be Just A ‘Sexy Nurse’

Sexy Nurse

By Nathan Hale Jefferson

Author of The Wayward Journey

Everyone has heard the term Mall Ninja thrown around, or at least most everyone. This is especially true in tactical and preparedness circles where it is a term used to describe someone who spends (or says they spend) large sums of money on the latest and greatest gear, gadgets and fads to make sure they are ‘more prepared’ and ‘more capable’ than those other losers around them even though they often don’t know how or why to use the equipment.

In order to help prevent people from attaining the dreaded Mall Ninja status there have been many articles and many top rate trainers (and some not so top rate) reaching out to help get people trained and well versed in what gear they really need and how to properly use it. This works well for tactical situations and training, but not so well for medical training.

In this article I don’t want to go into too much depth about how or what a Mall Ninja is, but I do want to use them as a tool to compare to the way I see and hear many people preparing their medical readiness and skills.

Sexy NurseTo help illustrate my thought process I decided to use the title “the sexy nurse” in reference to the trend of people dressing up and playing sexy nurse for Halloween. They are like the Mall Ninjas of the medical preparedness world.  These people are often just playing dress up with lots of cool accessories, kits and gear.  They are not too different from Mall Ninjas in that they spend large sums of money on first aid kits, blow out kits, examination equipment, surgery kits, and a ton of other important/not important, useful/dangerous items without really knowing how or why to use them.

One concrete example of this is that I have seen and heard of many people learning how to suture; this is a very perishable skill (if you are going to do it, you need to keep up your practice!)  and one I don’t (and several professionals I’ve interviewed agree with me) think will be very useful. Why? Steri-strips, butterfly strips or other closure methods are more likely to be a better route for the non-pro to close a wound. If a wound is bad enough that you really think you need to suture it closed you should think long and hard about making a trip to find a real professional instead of doing it yourself since it is likely already a life and death situation.  So many of these skills like suturing should really be left to a professional unless it is in a survival situation where there is no access to a better trained individual.

If you look at the book ‘where there is no doctor’, a great resource that everyone should have a copy of, (which is available in a multi-PDF format from the authors at: you won’t find details of how to sew up a laceration or how to treat a gunshot wound. While these things are ‘sexy’ to learn about, and important, they aren’t nearly as important as knowing how to diagnose and treat the many types of diarrhea and dysentery, how to birth a child, how to treat an infected wound (in a grid down situation cleanliness will be much harder to enforce), or how to treat bronchitis or pneumonia, or a myriad of other ailments. All of these conditions are (hopefully) going to be much more of a concern than having to treat a gunshot or stab wound, if you use other conflicts/disasters in the past as a guideline at least.

Pro track

  • Make a list of the things you do everyday – then list what technology you use or rely on to perform these tasks
  • Make a list of things you think you need to be able to do or treat in a grid down situation – then list what technology is commonly used to properly treat these
  • Prioritize your lists, learn and practice.  Even if it is as simple as manually taking blood pressure instead of using an automatic machine do it. Many people may be relying on you to already know how to do these things without the modern technology you use, don’t let them down.

Non-pro track

  • Make a list of the most likely medical scenarios you will face in every day life – then list what you need to handle this, training and gear
  • Make a list of the most likely medical scenarios you will face in a grid down situation – then list what you need to handle this, training and gear (and look up how to really handle it, try to examine what is done in a 3rd world country…)

My ‘not-knowing-you-or-your-capabilities’ list goes something like this:

  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Proper Nutrition
  • How to maintain proper cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation (did you know that our modern life expectancy has increased much more due to sanitation and hygiene than from modern medicine)
  • ‘Before help arrives’ medical capabilities: This covers what do you do in the minutes after an accident but before trained professionals arrive to help save lives and decrease damage done
  • Diagnosis/examination techniques – how can you best determine if something is serious enough to seek professional help; especially in a grid down situation where seeking that help might be very dangerous
  • Quarantine procedures for people who may have a dangerous contagion

Whether you are a pro or just someone who wants to be prepared you should work to not only be well trained, but well practiced. There are hundreds of places to get the required training, please spend the time and money to go to one or more of these classes instead of buying a new gun.

Wayward Journey

Thanks for your time and look for more installments to get into more detail about individual health and medical topics.

Nathan Hale Jefferson wishes to help spread the ideas of liberty and freedom through his writing by giving examples of what could happen in different situations that infringe upon a persons unalienable rights. With this goal he still strives to keep political and religious views in check and subdued in his writing, leaving those to the readers themselves to determine, and tries to focus more on freedom, preparedness and community.

Nathan Hale Jefferson is the author of the post apocalyptic novel, The Wayward Journey.  Check it out at either link.

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5 Responses to How To Not Be Just A ‘Sexy Nurse’

  1. Hec says:

    “where there is no doctor” shows an example of suturing a laceration on page 86, and discusses treating gunshot wounds on page 90 (of the 2011 version).

    Personally, I see as great a threat from trauma in a grid down situation as from the ‘less sexy’ ailments. Generators, chainsaws, wood/cook stoves = electrocution, lacerations, and burns. Boo-boos aside, if no help is coming then first-aid only goes so far. Better to have the equipment and supplies to stock a medical professional that might have ran out, or to use them under their guidance (such as over the phone or radio) than to not have them. Just because a Dr can write a Rx doesn’t mean a pharmacy is going to be able to fill it in a disaster.

  2. River Song says:

    Sorry but cannot agree. One must assume that there is NO professional. You are the one on the ground. If you don’t clean up the wound and disinfect, and then suture the odds maybe 100% mortality. Operating and other ‘sexy’ options might bring it down to 95% mortality but thats 5% you never had. One must consider SHTF situations or as we say in the UK (Tango Uniform)

  3. Beat The End says:

    Some may not agree with everything in the article, but I believe the premise is correct. I think the overall theme is to know how to use what you have. So you need to know what you are doing and you need to know how to use your equipment. Just having this expensive stuff is not going to help you if you don’t know how to use it. There are also times where the most expensive stuff is not the best for you. I would say if you can leave stuff like this to the professionals unless it is a TEOTWAWKI situation. I am by no means saying don’t be prepared and train, but as Nathan said some of the skills we have can be lost so we need to practice and make sure we have the correct training.

    I also think as Nathan was saying we may focus too much on one area like how to treat a bullet wound(which could be very important) but may not have the correct training to treat colds, diarrhea and other things with natural remedies and other on hand treatments. So we must not learn some things while neglecting the other stuff that may not be as fun.(I would probably disagree a bit where it says don’t learn suturing, we need to get as many skills as we can, but we do need to practice them)

    This is kind of the same thing as a prepper getting all the cool guns and ammo and not having a cleaning kit for their gun and knowing how to clean it.

  4. leigh crandell says:

    I also didn’t enjoy reading this article and felt like it was a waste of time- I am a health care professional and am looking for more than the just basic first aid information and “you can’t do that” help.
    The only thing good was the Hesperian link to that wonderful book. If you haven’t been able to read that book, please go back and do so. Tucked in its pages are very simple and wonderful medical truths.

    • Beat The End says:

      I think for a health care professional this article is not really where you want to look. I would say this is mostly for someone without knowledge of healthcare and just some basic things to get you going on first aid and the like. Thanks for the comment.

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