“Come walk in our shoes for a 12-hour shift. Come see the joy, the tragedy, the comedy, the 100 ways we are pulled and pushed, then rate my “pleasant greeting”, “answers call light in a timely fashion”, “states name of patients.”
Use the bathroom now, because you might not get the chance again until your shift ends. Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t worry if they’re clean. They’ll end up with blood and vomit on them.
We are the patient’s advocate, the doctors’ eyes and ears, and everyone’s scapegoat. We can page your doctor but we can’t make that doctor magically appear. We check your stitches, wipe your blood, drain your pus and empty your bedpan.
Nursing is a tough job, but we’re tougher. We’ve been yelled at by administrators, supervisors, and doctors. We’ve been kicked, slapped, punched, spat on, and sexually harassed by patients in various states of delirium, mental illness, arrogance, and intoxication.