Quoting Commander Shepard:" <blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" Oh.. I make about $31 an hour (plus shift ... [snip!] ... but I keep telling myself I couldn't do it because I'm too emotional. Is it really hard if something happens to a patient?"
It's not easy.. but that's ok too. I am very emotional. I had to come to terms with the fact that it's OK to be upset when my patients are hurting. Yes, it cam be emotional... but when things are bad, my patients need me even more. Some of the most meaningful moments I've had as a nurse were sad, emotional times. but.. I cherish those moments. And.. there are many more happy moments than sad ones.
ALso.. hate to say it. you do get conditioned to it some. I hope to never become hardened to the point it doesn't effect me. But... if a baby dies.. and I cry with the mom- no one will think less of me. But... the number of babies I help welcome into the world, or recuscitate is much higher than the ones who don't make it.