My first CNA job, I worked at a center with severely mentally disabled children & adults. Among the hundreds of residents that lived there were 2 that come to mind regaarding your post. One was a gentleman in his 30s, non-verbal, mostly just sat in his wheelchair all day, maybe played with his toys once in awhile. He was a big guy, just like a big teddy-bear...never talked, always cooperative when he had to be changed/bathed/dressed. We also had a little 1 1/2 year old we took care of. When I first met him, I thought..."Wow! What a great baby - he never cries!" After working with this little guy for awhile, I realized that yeah, he never cries, never laughs, never smiles. It absolutely broke my heart. One day in the feeding room, I remember looking over at these 2 residents - they were sitting next to eachother, the big gentle giant in his wheelchair, & that little baby sitting next to him in his stroller & it just hit me...one day, this tiny little baby is going to be exactly like this big guy. I cried every day for 2 weeks when I first started that job. One of the positive endings to this story is that after working at this place for awhile, I would
see changes in that little baby. He started to smile and even laugh once in awhile. And fuss when he wouldn't get his way
And it was because of the therapy we
were providing him!
I don't know if this story helps or not...I absolutely don't think it's unprofessional to cry with patients. It shows you have heart. I'd certainly rather have a nurse that was even a little over
emotional than one that was :stone.
The only problem I could see people having with crying is if a nurse is doing it inappropriately. Like, a pt gets diagnosed with cancer or something, & the nurse busts out in tears before the pt's even had a chance to react. Or if you're spending way too much time in one pts room & neglecting other duties.
You're human. It's a natural reaction & shows you care.