Specializes in Hematology/Oncology, Critical Care. Has 5 years experience.
Do you remember receiving your last "bad patient"? The kind where you walk onto your unit, see the haggard exhaustion in the previous shift's eyes, and ask in a whisper, at the beginning of report, "Is it bad"? We have all had our "bad patients", the ones that make a shift feel like eons instead of hours, test our patience to the limit, and make us feel like glorified babysitters instead of the professionals we are. But it is in these patients, these who are task-heavy and draining, we see what sets nursing apart from every other job on the planet, and - if we allow it - transform us.