What HARD truth have you learned once you became a nurse and/or CNA?

  1. Good or bad. About the field in general, humanity, or society? How does that truth effect you and how you do your job?
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  2. 94 Comments

  3. by   Flatline
    Hard truth? It is far too easy to "fall down" and get foreign objects stuck in your rectum, or so I am told.
  4. by   Purple_roses
    If a patient is on a bariatric bed and isn't ambulatory, there will be a wound beneath that panis. And it will be fungal.
  5. by   RNperdiem
    I used to watch shows showing trauma care and emergencies. As a spectator, it is entertaining to watch. Actually being the nurse there is different.
    When you carry the burden of real responsibility, that burden is a heavy one.
  6. by   AJJKRN
    That HCAHPS may just end my bedside career...but I hope not!
  7. by   Wuzzie
    I'm not overly fond of humans.
  8. by   NurseSpeedy
    Quote from AJJKRN
    That HCAHPS may just end my bedside career...but I hope not!
    Same here. They are the devil. An exorcism must be on backorder (just like our IV Ativan).
  9. by   NurseSpeedy
    That life is sometimes not fair. That sometimes bad things happen to good people. I was 23 when I had to take care of a former coworker who had dated my best friend in nursing school. He had a chronic condition that he was born with. He suffered. He also died at 25. He was a CMO and my patient. I learned life is too short to worry about the small stuff. I also work an hour away from home with hopes of never knowing my patients outside of work.
  10. by   serenitylove14
    1. Burnout can happen in less time then you think.
    2. Nurses take out their personal problems on patients and coworkers.
    3. Sometimes high pay = high stress and the job just isnt worth a poor mental health.
    4. Family members abuse disable family members in many different ways.
  11. by   KatieMI
    1). **** happens.
    2). Life IS NOT fair, and not gonna be.
    3). There are things you can't buy, can't win and can't afford to lose. And sometimes you got only one chance to choose between them.
  12. by   DesiDani
    Death affects you differently, even death of loved ones.
  13. by   Pepper The Cat
    Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, your pt will die.
    Life is not fair.
    The admission will always be the opposite sex of your only empty bed.
    Menopause sucks.
  14. by   Cat365
    Your ER patient will never have admission orders until the floor is changing shifts.

    No matter how often you say that you leave work at work you will drive home crying because a patient or families pain touched you.

    There's always that one person who will send you pictures of body parts you don't want to see and want your to tell them what is wrong.

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