I love the relationships with the patients. Since some stay for long periods of time and some come back frequently, you get to know them and their families.
I like the pt teaching because it can make such a difference in their lives: Oral care, diet for radiation therapy, diet changes to increase protein levels and therefore albumin, pain management, coping skills and the grief process.
I LOVE it when I can relieve someone's pain or nausea that was previously uncontrolled.
I love the patients that will reach out and hold your hand even though it's not my hand that needs holding!