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27 Reasons Why Nurses Are Secretly Angels Living Among Us

So many poop stories, so little time.

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1. They work 10- or 12-hour shifts, often without breaks.

Actually, make that 13 hours.


7. Sometimes they're working so hard, they can go entire shifts without eating, drinking water, or sitting.

Lunch break? What's that?

8. Ditto going to the bathroom.

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.

14. ...but at least they know other nurses will get their jokes, even if their non-nurse friends don't.

16. And they don't even notice horrible smells anymore.

Well, at least not most of them.


21. People seem to be confused a lot about what exactly nurses do.

24. Nurses genuinely care about their patients, and want to help however they can.

Even the difficult ones.


27. And they are totally and completely brave. They're willing to risk their own lives to help perfect strangers.

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!