Nursing is challenging. It is an emotionally and mentally draining profession. Yet few people talk openly about the harsh reality of nursing.
We listen to people venting out their anger, fear and frustration all day. We hold the hands of a lonely dying patient that is slowly gasping for his last few breaths of air. We call relatives in the cold early hours to tell them that their loved one “doesn’t look well.” We hug a daughter who lost her father, comfort a mother who lost her son and cry with a husband who will walk back to an empty home after living with his wife for the past 40 years.
On top of all this, we often receive verbal or physical harassment from patients and relatives. We are overworked and underpaid. Yet we are expected to have our best performance at work and make no mistakes as if we aren’t humans. Our job expects us to put our emotions aside and not bring our work problems back home.
Despite that nursing is challenging, we wake up every day and go back to work. Regardless of all the negative experiences that nurses go through, they all love their profession and they wouldn’t change it with anything in the world.
Nurses are a special bread that are able to forgot all the bad treatment they get at the sight of one happy patient.
So, the next time you see a nurse with bags under her eyes, cut her some slack. Let’s all make it a point to support each other, and respect nurses. Because we truly are the backbone of healthcare.
This is the harsh reality of nursing.