I have been an LPN for 5+ years and always remembered being told not to get attached to patients because I would become an ineffective nurse. I did really well until I started doing agency work with a child with developmental disabilities. I posted some concerns on this site and was told I should consider leaving this child because it was not a good idea to become so involved. I like this job because it works well with my son's school schedule and I adore this child I work with. My question is how do I take a step back and become less attached? The family likes me more then the other nurses because they can tell I really care and am not there for just the money (their words). I need to know how to become more "professional" again. I was really not like this the first few years I was working. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am actually considering leaving nursing for good.