I have heard, "They don't care how much you know, . . .Until they know how much you care."
That said you, you have to be careful with your spiritual health. You walk in one room and they are celebrating because everything is better and they are going home. Then you walk into the next and the mood is totally different where their waiting on the woman who held their family together like glue is now passing, It is a rollercoaster- you have to "fake" it sometimes. If you truly get emotionally involved with every devastating diagnosis, patient's financial situations, homeless patient's with severe needs being d/c'd out front door, and still births- you'd have nothing left for your family and friends.
I have seen many Nurses without ONE OUNCE of empathy, compassion, or for that matter- any emotion. And, the one I am thinking of right now, ex-army nurse- was one of the strongest, most competent, and conscientious nurses I have ever worked with. She was always straight to the point, firm, and when she connected- it was "100% FuFu free." Yet, there were patient's who really loved her. It also meant alot when she "DID" show emotion- you knew it was REAL.
YES! You can be a "NON" compassionate Nurse- and an AWESOME Nurse. But, when you see a family needing support- grab one of the ones that ooze sweetness, and kindness- they love that stuff anyway- and trade tasks with them, . . . .or just fake it realistically!