I've been wanting to address this issue for a long time, but I was afraid I'd get flamed at by all the "posters that are not nurses"
So thank you to the OP.
I remember a recent thread where a non-nurse commented on how incompassionate we were because we were venting about demanding family members. This is what I use this site for - to vent. I am human. I am not an angel, I am not a hero, I do not have infinite patience (I wish I did, but I don't). I treat my patients wonderfully, even the demanding ones. Of course I don't speak my mind to the annoying patient or family - but that means I have to speak it somewhere, and this site is where I do it. But I confess there have been many times when I've deleted a response before I posted it, because I know many non-nurses read these forums. And although they may be the most incredible people on the planet, they can't relate like another nurse can. So the gripes get taken out of context, and people think we're a bunch of gossips who just hang out at the nurses station and get annoyed when a poor suffering old lady asks for pain meds.
I don't want these forums to become exclusive, and I appreciate the fact that we have all different types of input. But I wish everyone would understand that when nurses get home after a long, demanding shift, they may say/post things that do not reflect the wonderful care they gave to all their patients that day. Nursing is stressful, and everyone needs a way to decompress. I remember reading these forums as a student nurse, and thinking to myself, "I can't believe he/she is talking about a patient that way...I will NEVER do that." Famous last words... :spin: