I'm currently on a Peds rotation and I get so depressed about my patients I go home crying. I see that my instructor and the nurses are able to detach themselves from the situation but I can't even fathom being able to do so. When I see a sick baby crying I can't for the life of me figure out how a nurse is supposed to walk out of the room to attend to her other duties much less inflict more pain on that baby. All I want to do is hug them and kiss them; and I get so angry that there are rarely parents there holding the baby all the time. I know its unreasonable and that is my own personal hang-up, but I can't control how I feel. I do manage not to let anyone see my emotions while I'm there but its very hard! Now I'm wondering how I'm going to be able to be a nurse if I always take work home with me and it drains me so much. *sigh*
If anyone has any techniques for learning to detach emotionally I sure would like to know them. My instructor is a little intimidating and I'm pretty sure I would just get a "cowboy up" if I brought this to her and my classmates seem to be doing fine with it.