1. Firstly, they have to deal with far too much poop. Facebook: Nursingandstudentmemes Oh, and they also have to categorise it by shape and mushiness: there's a whole chart dedicated to it. No one needs so much poo in their lives. 2. And touch it too. Not to mention various other fluids. View this post on "Is this gloopy stuff bile, vomit, spunk, or canteen custard? Can't tell." 3. They see gross, alarming things EVERY SINGLE DAY. Warning This image is graphic Tap to reveal Click to reveal imgur.com This is actually a picture of a fake cosplay wound. All of the real gross things that nurses see were way too gross to put in this article. Go figure. 4. Being around sick people means they get sick too. Meee-chell✌ @antonia_chelle I LOVE FALL/FLU SEASON. #SaidNoNurseEver 03:03 AM - 17 Nov 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Flu season = kryptonite for nurses. 5. They don't get paid nearly enough for the job they do. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @nurselifeprn Especially given all the poop they have to deal with. 6. Plus, bosses try to fob them off with incentives and free food instead of pay rises and compensation. Imgur.com You can't pay rent with pizza. 7. They don't get praised or valued nearly enough, either. Twitter: @nursingmemes By managers and senior staff, that is. Patients are usually pretty grateful to have their lives saved and their poop looked at. 8. Their shifts are seriously long. And exhausting. imgur.com 18-hour shifts, night shifts, weekend shifts...the pain is endless. 9. And because they're always on their feet, they have to buy expensive shoes that look like this: Twitter: @zoe_blackstone Apparently you can put a price on comfort, and that price is £120 for something that looks like it came from a branch of Frankenstein's Foot Locker. 10. Plus, in all that time they barely get a single break. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @nurseabnormalities *Picks up sandwich* *Lifts it to mouth* *Patient starts to code* *Drops sandwich* 11. Not least because they spend so much time charting. Imgflip.com Bet they see patient charts every time they shut their eyes. 12. Shift work makes it really hard to have a social life. Twitter: @KeatsTheGeek Looking at your schedule and realise that the only day you have free to hang out with your friends is a random Tuesday in September? No thanks. 13. They don't even get major holidays off. Twitter: @NursingMemes No one wants to have to spend Christmas dinner crying into a dry meal deal sandwich while 100 patients simultaneously press a buzzer. 14. Their friends constantly ask them for advice. Twitter: @malenurseprobs Usually in the form of gross photos texted to them during dinner. Thanks, pal. 15. They have to deal with some seriously misguided people... imgur.com It must be so hard not to roll your eyes when a frat pledge comes in after trying and failing to ride a shopping trolley down a sloping roof. While drunk. 16. ...who often think they know way more than nurses. NBC This is mainly thanks to a combination of googling their symptoms, and thinking nurses are somehow less knowledgeable than doctors. Which isn't the case. 17. And some patients' families can be even worse. Twitter: @travelnursing14 IF YOU'RE NOT SICK GET OUT OF THE ROOM. 18. Nurses also have to deal with bad-tempered doctors. NBC / Imgflip.com Er yeah cheers OK thought we were on the same team here. Cool. 19. And their messed-up handwriting. Twitter: @maulutero Why do they write in complex hieroglyphs? Are they all ancient Egyptians? 20. Yep, all in all it's probably one of the hardest jobs around. Twitter: @Presidioagency This does not look fun. 21. Understandably, it all gets a bit too much for them at times. FOX / Twitter: @nursingproblems Being responsible for so many lives must be stressful AF. 22. And TBH, I know I'm not tough enough to do it. View this post on Thank goodness there are some people who are.