About a hundred years ago, when I was just starting, I worked with a woman who was curt, and sharp to the patients. Not hostile, just impatient. One of the patient interactions that I had was very tender, and I guess it showed on my face. The "ol'biddy" looked @ me & said "You just feel that way because you are young, and have stars in your eyes. You'll get over it when you have been around for a while." I thought for a minute and answered, "No, if I ever start to 'get over it', I'll find another kind of job." 43 wonderful years later, I'm still in it, still caring, still over extended and still trying to do the little bit more that will make the difference to that patient, in that moment. You have raised a warm and caring daughter
, and she may see things that should not happen. Have her file it in the "Things I'll Never Do" folder. And give her a hug for me. I'd love to have her as a student (or an employee) on my floor any day. Remember when we were taught that nurses needed the three H's?
We need heads
(filled with information), hands
(skilled with techniques), and hearts
(filled with genuine concern for patients). She'll be a grand nurse.