I don’t think it’s exactly news to any of us that nurses have an incredibly tough and emotional job. They see the best of the best as well as the worst of the worst on a daily basis. But most of us never get to see just what kind of toll the job takes on the women and men who work as nurses.
A nurse in Texas named Laura McIntyre shared a touching photo of her fellow nurse Caty who needed to let her emotions out after working long hours and delivering a stillborn baby.
McIntyre described the photo in this Facebook post.
“She’s gonna kill me for this pic, but can we just give it up for nurses for a minute?
Caty just wrapped up her fourth shift in a row. That’s around 53+ hours in four days. that’s not including the 1.5 hours she’s in the car each day. She usually doesn’t get a chance to eat lunch or even drink much water. (& she has to dress like a blueberry.. i mean, come on). She is so good at what she does that she often forgets how to take care of herself while she’s taking care of her patients.
This pic is from a night back in july where she came to my house after a particularly hard day. She delivered a stillborn. Have you guys ever really thought about what a labor & delivery nurse sees? They see great joy in smooth deliveries & healthy moms & babies. They see panic & anxiety when a new mom is scared. They see fear when a stat c-section is called. They see peace when the mom has support from her family – bc not all new moms do. They see teenagers giving birth. They see an addicted mom give birth to a baby who is withdrawing. They see cps come. They see funeral homes come. Did you know that they have to make arrangements for the funeral home to come pick up the baby? I didn’t either.
Caty (& all other nurses) – you are SPECIAL. You bless your patients & their families more than you will ever know.
Thank you for all that you do.”
Here’s the post itself with the amazing, heartbreaking photo…
Needless to say, the photo and the story went viral.
AND McIntyre received a lot of support as a result!
The support was fantastic.
Because she’s not alone…
Nurses have THE toughest jobs…
Lots of common bonds!
Keep up the great work ladies and gentlemen who are employed in this field! We appreciate your efforts!
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