I just spent quite a while looking through this site and I'm already attached to the wonderful posts made by others.
I apologize in advance for being a bore and bringing probably such an unnecessary question to the discussion board. However, I do think you lovely nurses out there might be of help. I am employed in a general medicine unit filled with amazing co-workers (well majority of them) and best of all, my bff male nurse. He is just absolutely gorgeous and the sweetest person on earth. We have been good friends since the day I began working there, a little over 2 years. We spend time together outside work and share great moments of laughter and happiness but also act professionally at work (with the occasional appropriate jokes and good times with the rest of the staff).
So during our OUTSIDE gatherings, sometimes with other staff too, the chemistry is just crazy and we both stopped denying it awhile back. However, I still feel uneasy about the whole situation and keep telling him (and myself) it would not work and if something happened I don't want to risk both of our professional working environments. I love my job, my staff members and my patients. And I know he loves his job for all the same reasons and more.
He thinks I'm overreacting and that I should just let things happen as they may. I know I am 100% dedicated to my work and can be professional when I need to be, but I have to be realistic too. If we decided to have a relationship beyond the friendship basis and something goes wrong, how could we both work together and be completely professional?
The days he's not working, I miss working with him. I sometimes contemplate switching to a different unit or leaving the hospital altogether so I can ensure we have a healthy relationship outside work but then again with this economy, I have to be rationale.
So nurses, have you been in a similar or heard of a situation like this? Would you just go for it or be concerned and give up on this amazing man?
Thanks for listening.
"Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes"