I recently starting work as a float pool nurse as a part of my new grad orientation I have started on a neuro unit.
This past winter my boyfriend was in a serious snowboarding accident (fractures of his spine.. had spinal fusion surgery). I stayed with him in hospital until he came home.
Anyway, I got a patient assignment of a young girl who had been in a serious MVA. (Her doc actually wrote it's a mircle she is alive). Her boyfriend has been staying over. After meeting him and her and reading their story I started to cry at the nursing station. I excused myself and went in our report room. I just couldn't help but think this could have been my boyfriend and I (who now he is currently ok and walking)..
I want to ask how do other nurses handle these types of days?? I am sure everyone who has had a patient that has hit close to home..
Am I being crazy, crying on shift??
Thank you for your responses