Patience for patients Lastly, I recognized the impact of the nurse-patient relationship, especially when the patient is another nurse. The nursing literature has unfortunately documented how nurses can be unkind and unsupportive to each other.1 Statements such as “nurses eat their young” are widely recognized clichés.

An article on nurse bullying described how technologically savvy new nurses can intimidate older, more experienced nurses.1 It made me think about how the nurse-nurse relationship could impact nurses taking care of nurses. This aspect of nursing may need further research, but my nurses treated me like royalty. Their care was delivered in a kind, compassionate, and empathetic fashion. I remember the OR educator held my hand as he walked me into the operating room, helped position me on the table, and stroked my head until I fell asleep.

In conclusion, my experience on the other side of the bed improved my daily practice from the importance of badge identification, reassurance of proper hand washing technique, and understanding nurse-patient relationships. I am proud to say I found that nurses collectively are dedicated, compassionate, and caring professionals. I want to thank the nurses who took such good care of me, ultimately impacting the care of many more patients.

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Denise Quinn is a nurse transplant insurance coordinator at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.  


1. Thompson G. Nurse bullying: Who’s eating whom? Advance Health Network for Nurses. Accessed April 8, 2014.