We already know that first dates suck, but what about getting to that initial date? While plucking up the courage to ask someone out can be difficult, the crazy hours many medical professionals work makes finding time to date even more of a hassle.
For starters, if you work in a hospital setting, you will find that unlike a lot of your friends or potential partners, your place of employment is a 24-hour a day, seven-day a week business. As such, you may find yourself working any variety of shifts.
For many workers in the medical community, their scheduled work hours may be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. or 11 p.m.to 7 a.m. and let us not forget, some professionals work anywhere from 8-to-12 hours as part of their standard “work day.”
Many doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dietitians and mental health professionals are also expected to work a certain number of weekends every month and a specified number of holidays throughout the calendar year.
In addition to these scheduling conflicts, there are also instances in which medical professionals may be called in during an urgent situation — such as a natural disaster or other catastrophe (such as an accident or attack in which many injuries or fatalities are feared). In the event of such an emergency, a medical professional may be expected to stop whatever he or she was doing and get to their unit or clinic as soon as possible.
At some nursing homes, emergency departments or other places providing medical care for patients, workers of all types may be forced into mandatory overtime if there is a shortage of staff on a rotating basis. It is quite difficult to pencil in a date or constantly use the excuse that “something’s come up” when the number of hours or the days you had planned on being “off the clock” have a tendency to change.
Given these unusual work hours, it’s as if online dating could not be a better option for those whose schedules could be best appreciated (and sympathized) by fellow medical professionals. It just so happens that there are a number of dating sites dedicated to workers in healthcare!
As stated in my bio, I work in healthcare…so I feel your pain. While we’ve already discussed other options — including dating sites for fans as well as using social media as a dating website, these may be more up your alley if you’re in my position.
These dating site choices are all secure, appeared and best of all they are all free! Maybe it’s time to get out of your work-schedule-related-dating-rut and meet folks that share the same trials, successes in the same career path as you (without having to date in the same circles you work in)!
MedProsMeet.com states that they have “…worked hard to create a database of quality men and women interested in connecting, networking and dating those in the medical field just like you.” The site is easy to use, with members able to sign in via Facebook and make use of their mobile app. It offers private messaging between users, as well as a community forum and tips on dating, relationships and the medical industry with their own blog all of which are moderated for members’ security and safety.
In addition, the site presents matches in English and Spanish. To establish a search, new users would enter their respective genders and then the gender of their desired search, then the age range they would like to be matched with (i.e. ages 24-30), the zip code where they would like to begin their search and finally, selects the option of with or without photos.
“There’s more to a person than just one thing! Embrace your passions in life and surround yourself with others who share the same passions…live strong, live deeply, live passionately!” asserts the next dating site on our list. On Medicalpassions.com you can “…browse the medical groups to find doctors, nurses, dentists, dietitians and more. If you’re looking for someone who understands the joys and stresses of working in the medical industry…”
Like MedProsMeet.com, this site has features like “chat” and “webcam” as well as forums about working in medicine and even groups for video games, books and other interests. In order to sign up for the free dating website, new members give their name, a valid email address and a password that passes the site’s security guidelines and a security question to confirm the member is in fact a real person (and not one of those pesky bots!).
This site for medical professionals understands the work of nurses, doctors, physical therapists and other specialists can be “…overwhelming, time-consuming [and an] incredible roller coaster” and that “…socializing and dating could be somewhat deficient in your life…” The site encourages its members in their searches, promising “…dating, love and intimate friendships are a click away.”
Although it does not give details on the services members can use (that is, without signing up beforehand) medical.dating lists its benefits as providing “flexibility,” “mentorship,” “career advancements,” “[a] social life” and “empathy.”
In order to start searching or eligible matches, a prospective member must sign up indicating their preferred gender search (i.e. “a man seeking a woman”), their date of birth and an email address.
The beauty of the internet is surely that you can connect with people at all hours of the day! The internet is always there for advice, entertainment and getting to know new people. With these dating websites, medical professionals can enjoy online dating without the worry that their schedule might interfere with their interactions with others, planning dates or spending time with one another. Because you care so much for others, there are dating sites made just for you!