Nurses have a tough exterior, and sometimes it makes them appear a little superhuman. In fact, nurses are humans with feelings, problems, and secrets that may not be obvious to a casual onlooker.
The secrets of a nurse’s heart are not often brought to light because many nurses won’t talk about them. However, there is a great deal of emotion and passion hidden under our professional exterior that hides the soft underbelly of a truly caring person.
1. We Make Mistakes
Nurses make mistakes because we are only human. Sometimes our mistakes are simple things that don’t end up hurting anyone, but sometimes the mistakes can be major and patients can get hurt.
Most nurses don’t like to talk about their mistakes, and this becomes a huge secret they carry in their heart. It helps to confront the mistakes, learn from them, and let go of the pressure to allow the nurse to heal after something catastrophic happens.
2. We Cry . . . Often
Whether it is over a patient who touches our hearts or out of simple frustration with the system, nurses tend to cry a good deal over their jobs. We cry in private, though, in our cars coming home or in the bathroom where no one can see us.
This crying is good for us, because it is cathartic, cleansing, and helps to refocus the nurse on what they need to grasp. Not all tears are a bad, but if you find yourself crying every day because you are so frustrated, you may want to talk to someone about your feelings.
3. We Love Patients
Yes, patients can be frustrating and stressful at times, but there is no one on a nursing floor that we love more than patients. They can cheer us up when other people are being difficult and taking care of a patient never fails to make you feel good inside.
Nursing is a people centric profession, and you have to deal with a great deal of different personalities in the course of a shift. The secret of most nurses is that we would rather be in the room, talking to a patient, than doing much else in our job descriptions.
4. We Get Scared, Too
When a patient goes south, nurses, if they are honest, get scared. Now, a more experienced nurse will have seen a patient go south in that particular way before, but that doesn’t make it any less scary.
Part of the courage of being a nurse is continuing to take care of the patient despite how scared you are, and it isn’t always code situations that provide this drama. Nurses can be scared with a vital sign change, a report of nausea, or a drop in O2 sats, and this means that nurses potentially can get scared a lot.
5. We Give More than We Should
Everyone knows the story about how nurses don’t go to the bathroom for a whole shift, but we give even more than that in our pursuit of optimal patient care. We stay after the shift, call to check up on patients, and come in when the floor is short staffed.
In short, we give far more than most other professionals in similar jobs. We give of our body, our emotions, and our time to be the best nurses we can be, and sometimes this giving can take more out of a nurse than they are willing to admit to anyone.