Am I cut out for nursing - page 2

Something is really bothering me and I don't know if I'm meant to be a nurse anymore. Last night my husband choked on a chicken bone. Instead of getting into help him mode like I do with my patients.... Read More

  1. by   Munch
    You also have to remember when you are in the hospital you are constantly on alert because things going south is a constant possibility. When you are at home you aren't on work mode, you are relaxing with loved ones. Stuff happening at home with family members can catch you off guard. I was at the playground with my sister and nephew and he fell and hit his head. Instead of checking to see if he was even bleeding anywhere I ran him back my sister. I was in Auntie mode at that time..not nurse mode.
  2. by   Tencat12
    My 3 year old daughter sliced open her cheek on a coffee table when I was a couple years out of nursing school. I was totally useless. I finally got it together when we got to the ER. Im still a nurwe 11 years later......don't be hard on yourself.
  3. by   MiladyMalarkey
    As others have said, it's different when it's a loved one. Many years ago my mom sliced her finger open very badly & was bleeding quite a bit. I had to grab the wall to brace myself, I started feeling woozy, legs were giving out & nearly passed out! Yet I've seen several other people/patients bleed profusely (all strangers or distant acquaintances) & didn't bat an eye. You are much more emotionally invested in your loved one. Go for it.