How do you reply to compliments about your profession?

  1. Hello from a brand new hospice nurse!

    Everyone has been excited to congratulate me on my new job, and when they ask me what kind of nursing I do and I reply "hospice", pretty much everyone says either:

    "Wow, that is so noble." or "That is so hard...! Only the best kind of people can do that type of thing..." etc.

    I have no idea how to respond! I just kind of stand there awkwardly. I definitely don't think that highly of myself... =O

    How do you guys respond?
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    About VulgarProphet, BSN, RN

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  3. by   KJDaRN81
    I just say "thank you! I have difficult days but I love what I do. It's definitely not for everyone."
  4. by   JadedCPN
    I don't work hospice, but I often get similar comments about working pediatrics only. I also respond as the other poster mentioned, and sometimes I will say "that's the great thing about nursing, there's a speciality for everyone!"
  5. by   makeitwork
    I commonly say something like, "I feel this is where I am supposed to be" or "This was definitely a calling" or "You would be surprised how much good this job makes me feel by helping people at this time of their life." I then get the head nod and start talking about football.
  6. by   VulgarProphet
    I appreciate you guys <3