Emotions and nursing: Is it okay to cry on the job?

To show emotion or not to show emotion? That is the question—for nurses, at least. And it’s a very difficult question, we’ll admit.

In this week’s episode of the “The Katie Duke Show” on ScrubsBeat, Katie shares her opinion on nurses revealing their emotions in the workplace, and why she thinks it important for nurses to allow themselves to be human when it comes to moments both celebratory and saddening.

What do you think…should nurses keep their sentiments under lock and key when they’re on the clock, or it is appropriate for them share? Will answer vary? We want to hear from you in the comments section below! 


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2 Responses to Emotions and nursing: Is it okay to cry on the job?

  1. I cry. I try to keep my emotions in check, but usually my face gives me away. This is why I can’t work in Pediatrics, every time a child passes away, I cry. At the time my children were small, and all I could do was think of what I would do if it was one of them. So my supervisor advised me ,it would be better if I stayed away from jobs that involved children. Mother-Baby was my favorite job. because like G.E. we brought good things to life. :)

  2. carolslee1949

    I think it’s OK to show emotion when it’s appropriate. We’re human and showing emotion is normal. As nurses, we share the emotions of good times, like births. I’d rather have a nurse who cried with me when a family member passed, rather than one whose expression seemed to say that my mom or dad was just one more patient who died. I do have to agree that if you have difficulty working an area in which there is constant death, maybe it’s time to move on.