It is not easy to be a nurse, doctor, or any other healthcare professional.
We think we know something from firsthand experience, but the reality is vastly different. Do most of us know what it’s like being a nurse? No. But those of us who have nurses as family members or friends are closer to the truth.
“She’s gonna kill me for this picture, but can we just give it up for nurses for a minute?” Laura McIntyre started her story about her twin sister Caty who is a nurse.
She posted a photo of her sibling looking sad and in tears after her 4th (fourth!) shift in a row.The picture explains everything about the stress that nurses face every single day at work.
Laura told Bored Panda that what drew her sister to nursing was “a gradual realization that nursing would be the perfect career for her.”
“She didn’t follow in anyone’s footsteps or have a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. One day, she just decided to go for it! Once nursing school started, she knew right away that Labor & Delivery was her passion.”
According to Laura, she and her twin sister are “like two peas in a pod,” that’s how close they are. “We are identical twins, so we have a very close, unique relationship. We do almost everything together, and we talk all day long. Our husbands didn’t know what they were in for! Oh, and we live only 1 mile apart!”
Laura also revealed what we can all do to help nurses and other healthcare professionals: “We can all pray for them! We can reach out to them with encouraging words after their shift. We can check in on them throughout the day with encouragement. We can send them food at work. We can treat them to Starbucks. Anything!”
“Caty has always kept a level head in stressful situations. Of course, she has her occasional break down (like you see in this picture); but she handles herself so well, which is part of the reason she makes an incredible nurse.”
Most people work around 40 hours each week, which is nothing to laugh at, but also nothing too intense. But if you have to work more than 53 hours in just 4 days at a job that kills you emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. A job that demands to sacrifice everything you have inside of you for the sake of your patients.
Nurses usually don’t have enough time to eat proper meals, to stay hydrated, or take long breaks because the job is everything and your patients can’t wait. “Caty, and all other nurses, you are SPECIAL,” Laura thanked nurses everywhere for their hard work. “You bless your patients and their families more than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do.”
Top Nursing writes that dealing with stress and burnout as a nurse is possible. It needs very serious strategies to manage your life. That means being extremely organized in your life.
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