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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.

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

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Lunch break? What's that?

8. Ditto going to the bathroom.

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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.

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

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

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Well, at least not most of them.

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

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

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Even the difficult ones.

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

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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!

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