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Moments You Wouldn't Wish To Be A Nurse !!!

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Not everything that we meet in the hospital we can talk about. And by the end of the day you will feel so upset and filled with melancholy. You might not sleep and you may say this is the worst day in my work . But you go home and you sleep deeply, you may go out with you friends to have fun. And the next day comes and another sad day may come.

Specializes in currently in Medical.

Moments You Wouldn't Wish To Be A Nurse !!!

When you meet a 15 years old kid with a CRF ( Chronic Renal Failure ). He's so cute and is smiling while you are taking a blood specimen.

When a 2 years old girl is kept NPO ( NOTHING PER ORAL ) and is crying for water. All I can give her as a nurse is a sips of water to wet her mouth and lips.

When you meet a 24 years old young man diagnosed with a metastatic cancer spread all over his body. And you know he is not going to make it, but you still keep smiling and ask him "Are you a fan of Real Madrid or Barcelona", he smiles and replies "Am with Barca and we won yesterday the Claccico"

When you see a mother coming every morning for her young daughter who has a congenital birth defect and she comes every morning for the last 14 years.

When a patient is dying. All the family around are crying and there is nothing you can do .

When a patient dies in your shift and you are the one covering him.

When a patients comes in complaining from a severe headache and doctors finds out that he has a malignant tumor in the brain .The patients then asks you "Nurse what do my results show , what's wrong with me ?" You can't tell him because doctors restricted that until the relatives come and they talk to them first.

When a patient comes with a 2nd degree burns all over his arms and chest .I was curious about how it happened and why he didn't run away from the fire ...... when I looked around his room I saw a wheelchair near the bed.. The patient was on wheelchair on two years from a car accident.

When you one work in a cancer control centre and everyone that comes from patients , doctors, nurses and visitors are all sad and depressed. I wondered "Is it the cancer that have the people or the people who have cancer."

When you meet a worker in the causality with an amputated leg and is having am infection in the site . He can't afford the treatment yet he was smiling and talking to me.

When you meet a 9 years old pretty girl coming to receive a chemotherapy session.

This is life .. and this is became part of our life and we adjust and move on. Because beyond all this sometimes we are able to bring the smile to those faces and we able to change things. And about that worker with the amputated leg , we the nurses were able to collect the needed money for his medications and he received the health care required. And so is the end of the stories above some are sad end others are not .

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awww this is touching.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

Wow, that was depressing.

That was a great read, thank you for sharing those moments that would make a new grad question why she/he picked this career.

That was a great read, thank you for sharing those moments that would make a new grad question why she/he picked this career.

Wow, that was depressing.

I think it's a good read for pre-nursing students, too - so many seem to think nursing will be all helping people and happy flowers and good thoughts and butterflies. It's kind of depressing.

The important thing is that you are there every day ....and you do make a difference if you care. A smile, a kind word or the touch of a hand is soometimes all that is needed. That is why nurses are here.

hoope, RN

Specializes in currently in Medical.

The important thing is that you are there every day ....and you do make a difference if you care. A smile, a kind word or the touch of a hand is soometimes all that is needed. That is why nurses are here.

Yea! somtimes we make difference, others we can't do anything . Watching them dying is so hard yet we take care of them ad we make them smile !

I think it's a good read for pre-nursing students, too - so many seem to think nursing will be all helping people and happy flowers and good thoughts and butterflies. It's kind of depressing.

nohika- I know many girls whom changed their minds after the first year in the nursing school !!!

It's not that depressing as much as we are seeing the real part of nursing , not only bed making and giving injections but its the humane side of being a nurse with a heart .

QueenE6- it gives a us a motive although beings so hard in some moments

canoehead- I have written it during my clinical day in the Cancer Control centre , my friend's patient died , and it was so hard for both of us .. i was sitting down and those words passed by , and since i am a young writer i had to make it in words and not tears !

emphyl - Touching because its true .. and coz all of us might have been through the same .

Thanks alot all for your comments !

To Nohika:

Are you a Pre-Nursing student? If so, good luck and this read does not in any way deter me. I want to be "that" nurse that my patients smile to.

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Muffy5

Specializes in Acute rehab, LTC, Community Health.

A wise woman once said, "there is beauty and illumination in the darkness." Nursing can be depressing, but so can life! I feel so incredibly privileged to be part of some of the most dark times in someones life and help them make peace or do whatever it is they need to do at the end. I wanted to be a funeral director when I was younger, and then I realized there is nothing you can do for the dead, the funeral is for the family. I decided I was much more inclined to help the living. All of you who are drawn to this field have a gift, and by sharing this gift, we are receiving many more!:redbeathe:nurse::redbeathe

To Nohika:

Are you a Pre-Nursing student? If so, good luck and this read does not in any way deter me. I want to be "that" nurse that my patients smile to.

I am in my pre-reqs right now, yes, and I was talking about the people that I talk to that assure me that all their patients will love them, management will love them, they'll have people taking care of drunks that aren't them, they'll never have to wipe butts, etcetc. I just sit there and laugh.

I am in my pre-reqs right now, yes, and I was talking about the people that I talk to that assure me that all their patients will love them, management will love them, they'll have people taking care of drunks that aren't them, they'll never have to wipe butts, etcetc. I just sit there and laugh.

Gotcha! When I was in the Information Session before choosing my school, there were two young ladies behind me that were just as dellusional as the ones you speak of.:uhoh3:

camoflower

Specializes in Ortho/Peds/MedSURG/LTC.

I once had a roomate that worked at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis...she'd have to take constant "leaves of absence" to get over the heart strings.......nuff said.

Wow, that was fantastic! I will be a nursing student this fall and I have been very worried about how I will handle the emotional part of the job, as I am a very emotional person.

Any tips?

hoope, RN

Specializes in currently in Medical.

The first days u might be always feel sorry & sad for the patients .... , we are humans after all - but as you work and teh more you see , the more normal it becomes for you ... your body will adjust - HOW ? i don't know , i guess it's a physical mechanism we use to avoid getting hurt we ignore.. But we give all the nursing need and the care the patient needs ... crying and feeling upset becomes nothing later... You most concern will be nurses notes :D

I am not yet a nurse .. this is my last semester.. but this what other nurses told me .. I hope that other members can help you .

Best wishes .

"I am in my pre-reqs right now, yes, and I was talking about the people that I talk to that assure me that all their patients will love them, management will love them, they'll have people taking care of drunks that aren't them, they'll never have to wipe butts, etcetc. I just sit there and laugh."

Hwaahahaha - Agreed. My favorite are the pre-nursing students who have opted to avoid working as an Aide because it is dirty work - man if you can't handle what an Aide does, wait until you see a stage 4 pressure ulcer, or deal with a spilled wound vac receptacle.

Or the first time someone who is dying of the end stages of AIDS lays on their button because they just don't want to spend another night alone in a strange place - and you can't make them comfortable.

Perhaps it is unkind for me to laugh, I found all of these experiences harrowing and I am supremely grateful that I was able to experience them all for the first time BEFORE nursing school started.

Kim O'Therapy, BSN, RN

Specializes in Onc/Hem, School/Community.

I am an oncology nurse in the USA and thank you for your insight. :redbeathe

hoope, RN

Specializes in currently in Medical.

I am an oncology nurse in the USA and thank you for your insight. :redbeathe

How can you tolerate seeing the patient in such condition .. ? ITS SO HARD !!!:crying2:

I am now in the Cancer Control Centre , just for our clinical.. and its so hard.. my friend 's patient died the other day from lung cancer and she was crying so badly.. so couldn't pass by the room he was in even...

When i asked the nurses , how can you handle all this ? They reply and say we got use to this .

Some of them worked there for 10 years , other 5 or 7 years...

They were asking me .. Do you want to work here after graduation ?

Am like i can't tolerate these couple months am here for training .. and you want me to work here .. !!!!

It takes a special person to be a Nurse.