Working as a nurse isn’t easy.
Nurses have some of the most stressful jobs in the country. Nursing will be among the fastest growing professions by 2026, but the American Association of Colleges of Nursing still expects there to be a shortage in the coming years.
The shortage may result from decreased nursing-school enrollment, aging baby boomers, and insufficient staffing, AACN said.
Business Insider spoke to dozens of nurses on the most challenging parts about their job — and many agreed losing patients hurts the most.
Other problems with the job include dealing with hospital politics, getting insulted by others in the healthcare industry, and working shifts so long there’s no time to use the bathroom.
Here are eight of the hardest parts about being a nurse.
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