Health·Posted on Oct 27, 201427 Reasons Why Nurses Are Secretly Angels Living Among UsSo many poop stories, so little time.by Carolyn KylstraBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. They work 10- or 12-hour shifts, often without breaks. Actually, make that 13 hours. 2. Those 10- or 12-hour shifts? They might just start at 6 am. OR AT 6 PM. BuzzFeed Rise and shine! 3. They have no idea what they’re about to encounter literally every time they go to work. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC / Via uproxx.com 4. Except they know for sure that they will be doing paperwork. Lots and lots of it. Pixar / Via youtube.com 5. They’re usually taking care of about six (or more) patients at any given time… Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF CBS / Via cambio.com 6. ...but people still expect them to show up the second they ring the call bell. ABC / Via nursegif.tumblr.com 7. Sometimes they're working so hard, they can go entire shifts without eating, drinking water, or sitting. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Lunch break? What's that? 8. Ditto going to the bathroom. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 9. Some patients will incessantly hit on them. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Fox / Via nurseeyeroll.tumblr.com 10. Others will expose themselves for no clear medical reason. Flickr: eflon / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: eflon "Your arm is broken... so why is your dick out?" 11. And random people will inevitably stop them on the street to ask them questions that are definitely TMI. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Comedy Central / Via nursegif.tumblr.com 12. Being a nurse can make it really hard to maintain friendships outside of work. 13. And don't even start about actual romantic relationships. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 14. ...but at least they know other nurses will get their jokes, even if their non-nurse friends don't. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 15. Because nurses are all completely desensitized to body fluids. Nurse.com / Via pinterest.com 16. And they don't even notice horrible smells anymore. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Well, at least not most of them. 17. They can all tell you horrific stories about explosive vomit. Flickr: Justininsd / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: justininsd 18. And they all definitely have stories about poop. Nursing Problems / Via nursingproblems.tumblr.com 19. In fact, on any given day, it’s a distinct possibility that they’ll get someone else’s poop on their shoes. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Walt Disney Pictures / Via gif-database.tumblr.com 20. And they will all nod with understanding if you use the term “splash zone.” Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Old Spice / Via i.imgur.com 21. People seem to be confused a lot about what exactly nurses do. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 22. And they're always being treated like doctors' "assistants." Or, even more infuriating, like they just aren't "smart enough" to be a doctor... Confessions of a Nurse / Via nurseconfessions.tumblr.com 23. ...when the truth is a LOT more complicated. Confessions of a Nurse / Via nurseconfessions.tumblr.com 24. Nurses genuinely care about their patients, and want to help however they can. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Even the difficult ones. 25. They witness pain, heartache, and death on a daily basis — and they have to be the strong ones every time. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. / Via nursegif.tumblr.com 26. They work their asses off to help people, but sometimes that still isn't enough to save someone's life. Fox / Via uncharted-territory.tumblr.com 27. And they are totally and completely brave. They're willing to risk their own lives to help perfect strangers. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com And that's in spite of the long shifts, paperwork, and poop. If you think about it, that's really amazing. Seriously, though — have you hugged a nurse lately? Larry Downing / Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham at the Oval Office in Washington, October 24, 2014. Pham, who contracted the disease while treating a man who later died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital, had been undergoing treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, since Oct. 16. Special thanks to Scrubs Mag, Confessions of a Nurse, and Nursing Problems for inspiration for this post!