I have two sisters in the nursing profession, and have some exposure to emergency medicine through my involvement with St. John Ambulance in South Africa during my teens and twenties (although not at the level of paramedic/EMT in the USA). I’ve always known that nursing could be not only a thankless profession, but also an extremely distasteful one on occasion.
This is borne out by a thread on Allnurses.com, which asks: “What is your most gross, yucky, disgusting nursing horror story?” It’s already 134 pages long, so you can imagine that there are a great many really nasty stories in there. If you’re interested, it’s worth reading, but be warned: it’s not for the squeamish or faint-hearted!
Having read through that thread, it’s a wonder to me that people still want to be nurses! I guess it’s a calling in its own right. Certainly, ladies and gentlemen of that profession, you have a great deal more of my sympathy now than before I read it!