The first time I cried after a shift

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    Maybe it’s just me but I still remember the first time I cried after a tough shift. Every nurse has those favorite patients and mine passed away on that shift, on my watch. Do you remember the first time you cried after a shift?

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    I honestly don’t remember ever crying from the loss of a patient. Terrible I know but I really can’t recall ever crying. I remember a lot of people who touched my heart happy and sad. I have cried in absolute frustration on a shift that literally left me wanting to run far away. I always feel I guess I need to be the strength a family needs during such a difficult time.


    I remember the first time I cried after the loss of a resident. I went to her memorial service and her sisters were telling me that she talked about me all the time and how good I was to her. This lady was like family to me after a while and it broke my hear the day she told me there isn’t anything else they can do for her but make her comfortable. She was scared to tell me at first because she didn’t want to upset me but I loved her she was one of my best and favorite residents and she always holds a special place in my heart! She makes me love the job I do everyday!


    After a month old died on hospice, I cried for the loss of a life not lived, a father and mother’s first child loss and seeing all the toys around bought for the excitement of a new baby that would not be used.

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