Follow me and take a look into my recent experiences as an in-patient at the hospital that I work at. As I lay on the hospital bed, bored, I was thinking about how this experience would make me a better nurse. Because let me tell you, it's not very fun. It was in that time that I also realised that I must be an annoying patient to have.
Let me give you the humorous insight as to why nurses make the worst patients!
Firstly, the cliché of why we become nurses is of course to help people. That is our main job - to care for patients. Not only look after their medical needs, but also to care about them holistically as a person. And, at the end of the day there is nothing better than seeing the smiles on the patients that I've helped. For most of us the smiles and "thank you" that we receive are the driving force that keep us doing our job, and makes it feel worthwhile. I often say that "when you're a nurse you know that every day you will touch the lives of others and that others will touch yours." So, what is a nurse? A nurse is someone who goes above and beyond. They are the first at work, and the last to leave. They are the heart and soul of a hospital. We are in people’s lives for only a small time, but our impact lasts an eternity. No book teaches you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you to be empathetic. No lecturer can teach you how to find dignity in giving a patient a bath. Nursing is more than paperwork and medication, it is being able to love people when they are at their weakest.