When I think back on the last five months of nursing, my most awkward moment was when a patient asked me for a hug. Literally, she put the call light on, the NAC answered, came and told me the patient needed the nurse, I went into the patient’s room and asked what she needed…. her response, “A hug”.
I blankly stared… not knowing what to do ( yes, the logical thing to do is hug her). I’m not really a hugger of strangers and though I had been working with her for 8 days now, she is still a stranger.
But I hugged her.
And felt super awkward for thirty minutes after.