I personally choose not to cry in front of my patients, it is a personal choice and one that is NOT easy somedays or some cases. I too have out of wack estrogen levels, and could benifit from antidepressants but haven't gotten them yet...notice I say yet...oh it is such and option, I just need to talk to my doc when I get some time! (but I want to work for him, so kinda a sticky situation.."hi doc...can I have an antidepressant..oh and here's my resume! LOL!".
No, I consider it my own personal choice not to cry...I need to stay strong for others and showing that weakness isn't really what I want to do. Some people call it being human...I see it as ME being too involved and not having the professional distance necessary to get the job I am entrusted to do done. I am not my patients friend, I am their nurse...and trust me, I had to put those limits up to save my sanity because I was getting too close and really burning out with all the emotions of others mixing with mine! I am not stark...not by a long shot, but I just won't cry till I get home..because at the point of crying..I still have work to do, most often..more!
Again, that is just my own personal choice...other people differ and that is the great thing about all of us nurses...we add parts of our personalities to our jobs that make a patients stay unique and special to them...even if it is crying, being a little smart a** (it does help with some patients..LOL!), being funny, being simply professional to the point of putting a cap back on..LOL!...all of it, whatever fits, cause we know one size doesn't fit all in our field!
As long as the tears don't interfere with the job at hand, I don't see a probelm. Might be best to go to the ladies room and get it out (which I have had to do) so you can continue on working for others...but we are human..sometimes crying isn't voluntary, it simply happens!(as I said, I go to the ladies room or get the heck out of sight and get it out...doesn't do much for the will to cry loudly..but I can get those painful tear ducts cleared!).