Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sick and Tired

Sick for 10 days or so, but since then I have been unbelievably tired. After school and clinicals all I wanted to do is sleep. So now it is catch-up mode for presentations and papers due.  

But it made me think, why don’t nurses get sick more often?

My sister the teacher always says she gets sick from being around the kids, and granted kids can be like little Petri dishes of germs. And at the clinic patients often say they must have caught something at work. Maybe that is true.

But what other profession depends on a business model that involves their staff having direct contact with sick, infectious and injured people. Clinics and hospitals rely on and persuade the sick to visit them. In fact they relish the various and obscure contagious diseases. Nurses and healthcare professionals must be hardy, because we get exposed to this daily. Next time I hear my sister talking about catching something at work I'll have to bite my tongue.

3 comments:

PediNP said...

I always think that cashiers have it the worst--touching money, people coughing in their faces. At least in healthcare, we know people are sick, so we take extra care to wash our hands, etc...

Feel better soon!!!

NP Odyssey said...

Feel better just makes me debate areas and job stress for work specialties after graduation.

Absentbabinski said...

Handwashing, yo. You're obviously doing it right - Semmelweis would be proud :)