Love and Hate-a Nurse’s List



A list, as inspired by the writing challenge

I love:

Holding your hand as you are afraid and feeling you become calm
Explaining to you what the Doctor said in simpler terms
Listening to your lungs and realizing that your pneumonia is getting better
Giving you a cup of water when you are thirsty
Helping you take a shower when you haven’t taken one in days
Noticing when you are getting worse and ‘pulling’ you back from the brink
Talking to you about your surgery and answering your questions
Having the time to hear about your family
Making your pain more manageable
Making you laugh
Sending you home!


I hate:

Short staffing and call-ins
Seeing you cry
Watching you in pain
Watching your family cry
Dementia induced paranoia
Hospital acquired psychosis
Having to use Haldol and restraints (as related to the above)
What smoking does to your lungs and how you can’t breath
Staff conflicts
Seeing you come back-when you wish you could just be home.


20 thoughts on “Love and Hate-a Nurse’s List

  1. I appreciate your post. I appreciate it even more than I would normally because in addition to being a nurse, I was recently a hospitalized patient!

  2. Thank you for writing that. The NHS is getting such strange press at the moment, it’s good to be brought back into the heart of the nurses. I hope the things you love always outnumber the things you hate. Many, manyfold.
    Best wishes

      • It’s that Martin Luther King idea, isn’t it?: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

        Your job is one of the most important in the world. Everyone wants a kind, thoughtful, knowledgeable presence near them when they’re ill and vulnerable. Keep being that presence.

  3. You express so precisely what I felt as a nurse too. I stopped in 1979 to become a health visitor helping families with new babies. But these meetings with people in between life and death are unforgettable

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