Have you ever wondered if this is true? As nurses, we give more than 180% everyday. This translates to not getting lunch, sometimes only being able to visit the restroom once in an 8-hour day as well as denying yourself the human need to have a moment to gather yourself. I know for me, I don't just leisurely go about my job. When I get to the hospital, I find that I am running from the moment that I walk in the door to the moment that I leave. I find myself getting ready to have a panic attack toward the end of my shift if I know I am getting close to ending my shift and I still have 3 more hours of work to do in only 1 hour and the admissions still keep coming.
I never see anyone at Wal-Mart working as hard as we do. I certainly know they don't work that hard at the phone company or the grocery store .... but as nurses, we are run to death.
My kids are funny .... they have often asked me if all jobs are like mine and that when they grow up and start working, if they will always be late getting home or will be called every time they have a day off to come into work. I explained to them that if they get a good education, they too could have all the fun that I have.
But, despite all the craziness of being a nurse, you know I love every minute of it. Despite the stress and the zany way things get done, I know I am making a difference.
Anyone else feel this way or have 20+ years of nursing fried by brain?