Shouldering a patient's pain
I was raised “old school.” Growing up around so many males had conditioned me to avoid showing emotion under any circumstance. I was taught males who cried were weak. But, I also learned from my father and my religion to be nonjudgmental and compassionate, and to help anyone in need. For these reasons, I was drawn to the nursing profession. As I advanced through clinicals in nursing school, my family's expectations that I should both be strong and help others molded me to feel that I should try to shoulder my patients' pain. This approach to patient care helped me cope with extreme grief on the most difficult day of my nursing education.