As nurses, we like to think that we are both strong and caring. But caring has its hardships and can take a toll on our mental health. Compassion Fatigue can set in and we are often unaware or in denial. Even if we are aware, nurses often suppress these feelings because they feel like failures. After all, compassion is core to nursing and sadness is considered part of the job (https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/913202).
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