I think one of the most difficult parts of a nurse's job is having to compartmentalize what is going on with one patient to deal with another's issues. Unlike many other jobs. Nursing is heavily regulated by privacy, the expectations of professionalism, and the obligation of a nurse to respond on an emotional level to a patient's needs because nursing is synonymous with caring.On a patient day when in one room a patient is recovering, he is happy, his family is thrilled and the mood is light. The nurse while in that room is a part of that celebration as an extension of having been the one to deliver the care provided to bring the patient to that destination. The nurse is uplifted and reinforced. What I do is working, what I do is good. In another room, a patient is struggling to survive. The family anxiously sits, overwhelmed by what is happening. Struggling to comprehend why this is happening to them, to their loved one, why right now, how will we handle the loss emotionally, financially. They may not have the skills. The nurse will either provide assistance with coping or will facilitate additional resources such as a chaplain, contact with further family members, a social worker, palliative care. But even with the addition of these resources. The nurse is the hub of the wheel and information from all these sources will funnel to the nurse to use and store and pass along. In this room the nurse is weighted down. The treatment delivered is not going to lead to healing and recovery. The best that can be hoped for is a good death. Whether or not the family has prepared for this. The nurse has some responsibility to get that preparation on the fast track and communicate with a multitude of others on the care team and help this family arrive at a place of coping. In the end, the nurse will give report, gather belongings, put on the coat and get in the car to go home to reports of how school and work went, laundry that needs done, family celebrations and may not be able to share what huge emotional territory she traveled that day. After months and years of this, it takes a toll. The fabric of a nurses psyche is woven in complicated and rich patterns due to the demands of everyday work. It is other nurses that nurture and heal these places. They have the necessary understanding and empathy to feed, heal and bring laughter back into place. Nursing is unique in its demand to compartmentalize work and life, one patient and another on such a deep level. It is important for nurses to assist in the process of healing for other nurses.