What nurses wish they could tell you but can't

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.06 - 2023 12:03 PM CET

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What nurses wish they could tell you but can't.

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Nurses are the unsung heroes of healthcare, always there when you need them, offering a comforting touch and a positive attitude. However, they are also human beings with their own emotions and challenges.

Alexandra Scheinfeld, a nurse from Philadelphia, penned a blog post that has gone viral, shedding light on what nurses go through and what they wish they could share with their patients.

  1. We cry for you
    Nurses may seem like they have everything under control while taking care of you, but the reality is different. After a particularly grueling shift, they often find themselves overwhelmed with emotion, sometimes shedding tears over the pain and suffering you and your family are going through.

  2. Lean on us, but be respectful
    While nurses work tirelessly to ensure your well-being, they also face instances of rudeness from patients. Scheinfeld emphasizes that when you're impatient or question their competence, it's often misplaced, as they might be dealing with another critical situation at the same time.

  3. We aim for perfection, especially with procedures
    When it comes to treatments like inserting an IV, nurses wish nothing more than to get it right the first time. Scheinfeld shares the emotional toll it takes on them when they have to make multiple attempts, especially on vulnerable patients like newborns.

  4. We sacrifice for you
    Nurses often put their patients before themselves, even skipping lunch breaks to ensure that you're well taken care of. They go to great lengths, even sacrificing time with their families during holidays, to make sure you're comfortable and safe.

  5. We care deeply for you
    Being a nurse is not just a job; it's a calling filled with emotion. Scheinfeld concludes by saying that despite the challenges and the emotional rollercoaster, the love and care they have for their patients make it all worthwhile.

The blog post by Alexandra Scheinfeld has been shared more than 150,000 times on Facebook in less than a day, highlighting the emotional and physical challenges that nurses face daily.

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