I got 3 hugs from my patient's today. I had 5 in total, so getting 3 hugs is off the shiznit! I know that as medical professionals we don't like actually getting that physically close to people, but one of my lil old ladies was going through it and just needed a shoulder to vent on. Consoling her was my first hug, and the second was my patient thanking me for such 'excellent care'. She said to me as I was leaving, "I wish you were here everyday. You've been the best nurse I've had ever since I got here."
It's not like I'm tooting my own horn or anything...but it really did make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I can gripe to the Fiance all night long when I come home, but he knows that on my next scheduled day, I will be going to work. Just because of my patients. The work is hard, the coworkers are clique-ish and the systems aren't that organized. But my patients? They are fuckin' fabulous! And I love every single one of them.