I love talking to the patients, assessing, listening to how much they know about their body. Building a rapore with my patients. Coding someone, then seeing them walk back into the hospital, with very little deficits. pretty amazing.
Walking into a room and hearing a patient or the family of the patient say " there is my favorite nurse"
When that happens, I am authentically happy that they are happy
This! Reminds me of the time I was working with a cancer patient dealing with quite a lot of pain. She called me her "magic nurse" because I seemed to have managed her pain quite well. I helped her emotionally when the doctor broke the news to her that she didn't have much longer to live, and by the end of the day, we were laughing together. A couple of weeks later, she was re-admitted to the hospital. She wasn't on my patient assignment but I bumped into her in the hallway, and I stopped to chat, and she would stop other patients in the hallway and proclaim, "This is my magic nurse!" Unfortunately, I was off for a few days after that, and when I returned to work, I found out she had died a day or two after that encounter. It makes me teary-eyed just thinking of her but I'm glad I was able to make a difference in the last few weeks of her life.
Also, I agree with whoever said "free cookies" LOL. We got a whole birthday cake from a family once because "He (the patient) is diabetic so he can't eat it, anyway." Although, the treats seem to come in mountains around the holiday seasons so it's best to watch what you eat at times like those....