Hi I'm a new nurse (8months out of school) who went right to work on an Oncology unit. I am still coming to terms with losing patients. obviously i understand that many of my patients will be terminal, but this has been a rough week; 3 patients that I have cared for for weeks went to Hospice. (the hospice unit is upstairs from my floor, so i did get to visit them,) but 2 have already died and it has left me feeling very depressed,
almost affecting my daily life outside of work.. I really love Oncology, and love my patients..I guess I am just looking for some guidance.
While I would never want to take someone's death lightly, will it always affect me this badly? Any input would be appreciated. I consider myself a strong person, but does anyone else take it this hard?