Nurses reveal the 11 hardest parts of their job, from the death of patients to not having time to pee during a shift
- Business Insider asked nurses to share the hardest parts of their job.
- Many said seeing patients die after doing everything to care for them is the hardest part.
- Other challenges include long shifts, having to use time-consuming technology, and a lack of respect from other people in the healthcare industry.
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Working as a nurse isn't easy.
Nurses have some of the most stressful jobs in the country. Nursing will be among the fastest growing professions by 2026, but the American Association of Colleges of Nursing still expects there to be a shortage in the coming years.Read more: Here's how being a nurse has changed in the last 50 years
The shortage may result from decreased nursing-school enrollment, aging baby boomers, and insufficient staffing, AACN said.
Business Insider spoke to dozens of nurses on the most challenging parts about their job - and many agreed losing patients hurts the most.
Other problems with the job include dealing with hospital politics, getting insulted by others in the healthcare industry, and working shifts so long there's no time to use the bathroom.
Here are eight of the hardest parts about being a nurse.
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Seeing the death of their patients.
Dealing with judgmental opinions about their occupation.
Long, arduous shifts.
A lack of respect from other people in the healthcare industry.
Having to deal with hospital politics.
Not having time to even pee during shifts.
Having to use outdated (and time-consuming) technology.
When patients and their families think they know more than the nurse.
Working on holidays and weekends.
The pressure to know everything.
Taking care of drug-addicted patients.