The occupation of “nurse” is a tough one. The best ones aren’t just nurses, they are warriors. There has to be a certain level of secrecy with some matters. Let’s take a look at some of them.
9. That giving your medicine is a big, frustrating deal.
Okay, okay, giving pills is what nurses do. Some patients may think that’s all they do. But what you will never know, what your nurse will never fully explain, is how really time-consuming and challenging their morning med pass may be.
They don’t just go grab a pile, put them in a cup, and saunter satisfied to your bedside. It’s so much more than that, even if it only takes you a second to swallow them.
Your nurse looks at every medication you have ordered, then makes certain she knows what each med is for. She will check for contraindications, possible side effects, and/or interactions with other meds you are on. She’ll make the decision if you need certain meds given or held until a later date.
There will possibly be phone calls to the physician to clarify an order, and if your nurse seems to be taking a bit to return, it might be because she had to run to the pharmacy for a medication of yours that wasn’t available.
Giving medications is nowhere near as easy as it looks, but your nurse will make it seem like a breeze.
8. When they’re sick.
You might pick-up on when your nurse doesn’t feel well, but the majority of the time your nurse won’t disclose to you their own health. While naturally your nurse will stay home if battling a contagious disease, for most other illnesses your nurse will still show up to care for you.
You won’t know the chronic pain your nurse endures, or about the slipped disc in their back. They might involuntarily wince when they lift without thinking, but if you ask they’ll say, “I’m fine.”
Everyone knows nurses make the worst patients. So while they excel at caring for you, they might neglect themselves, and they’ll seldom let on how bad they feel.
7. That their family is sick.
Working as a nurse usually doesn’t afford you the ability to leave at a moment’s notice when your child falls ill. Nurses will continue to care for their sick patients even when sickness is waiting for them at home.
Your nurse will never let on about their role as a caretaker for an aging parent, or how exhausting it may be to give the attention needed to a chronically sick child at home. They will instead give you 100% while at your bedside, because that’s their job.
They feel that while you’re here getting better that things should be about you. So they’ll probably keep their dealings with sickness away from work a private matter.