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Joined: Mar 22, '13; Posts: 207 (34% Liked) ; Likes: 161
RN; from US
Specialty: 22 year(s) of experience in Oncology, Med-Surg

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  • Feb 8

    Yeah, I used to get the same kind of reaction you describe too. I'd say that I was there to alleviate suffering, not watch it! I'd also remind them that some people were cured or had long remissions. Sometimes I'd say "well someone's gotta do it!". One time I was flying back on a plane from seeing my brother and the plane was stuck on the runway, I got into a conversation with the person next to me. I kinda cringed when he asked me what I did for a living. I told him. He grabbed my hand and kissed it and told me he was in the hospital for months undergoing chemo and BMT for hairy cell leukemia. He told me he didn't think he would've made it through without all the wonderful, caring, knowledgable nurses who cared for him.
    I've had other experiences like this with family members who told me how their experience was much better because of the job we nurses do. Not everybody thinks we're death-loving freaks!