I’ve been a nurse for almost 9 years and most days I feel like I’ve come to this place in my career where I can be empathetic but not get emotionally wrapped up in situations and circumstances. It’s not that I’m cold or uncaring…I used to cry at everything when I was a new nurse. But as I matured in my profession I learned that this is what leads to burnout. So I learned how to detach myself…to leave work at work. Today was a difficult day. It was too close for comfort…too close to home…too much like a situation that is happening right now in my family. I had it together…at least I thought I did…but at the end of the day I broke down and I cried. And I think that it was appropriate for me to do so. I think it means that I haven’t come to the end of my career. I never want to get to a point where I feel nothing. Today just reminded me how much I love what I do despite the stress and long hours away from my son and my husband. Today I made a difference in a family’s life.