Feeling emotions is part of being a medical professional
"If there's a code on your unit, everyone runs to fix whatever the problem is. When some people pass, you feel a sense of relief because they had no quality of life. But death is sad either way. You don't want to be disengaged. The thing we talk about in nursing is the quality of care we provide. Are we giving good care for these people? I don't know how good of a nurse I would be if I had the capacity to be completely divorced from someone that I am caring for dying."
-- Marisa Mouton, RN
"It really is not different than the death of a friend... We form a very intimate bond with patients. These deaths are not sudden, and in many ways we are with them along the entire way. When they do pass, I mourn. I do not take time off from work, but my mood is more somber for some time."
-- Allen Kamrava, MD, MBA, FACS, colorectal surgeon