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What's the absolute worst part being a pediatric oncologist nurse? How do you deal with your emotions?

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Caroline’s Answer

A patient with ALL that is in and out of the hospital have bone marrow bx there whole life to pass at the age of 17 that is the worst I have seen.
Thank you comment icon Hi Caroline! This sounds heartbreaking! How did you handle the emotional impact of this or of similar things you’ve experienced? Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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Veronica’s Answer

The worst emotional part of being in the medical field, in my opinion, is always end of life and dealing with the family members left behind. You’re trained not to get too close, but we’re all humans and that’s an exceptionally difficult thing to shut off. You work with these people pretty intimately and it’s virtually impossible not to feel at least *something* for these patients and their families. Even if it’s just hope of a recovery.
There will always be something that makes you want to quit, but we all hold on because there’s always something that will remind you why you chose this career.
Dealing with these emotions can be hard. You should absolutely consider therapy, even if it’s just to talk it out with someone. It’s much better not having to go through it all alone. Beyond that, working on replacing any unhealthy coping mechanisms you may have with healthier ones is a good way to go. Especially if you can do that before the going gets tough.
It’s important to remember that our medical professionals are a noble people and are always appreciated, even if the patient never explicitly says so.
Thank you comment icon I am really grateful you took the time to answer this question. Alexandra
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