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Boston Bombings: Nurses Speak About Treating Dzokhar Tsarnaev

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What's it like, being the nurses of a terrorist?

Do you just put in the bare minimum to keep the patient alive? Do you treat them with the same kindness and respect you give other patients?

For the nurses of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, they treated the younger half of the Boston Bombers to the best of their ability — but set up a pact to catch each other if their bedside-manner started to sound like it would with someone who didn't blow up a pressure cooker bomb at the Boston Marathon.

Here's what one of them said, through a shroud of anonymity:

“You see a hurt 19-year-old and you can’t help but feel sorry for him."

The nurse then told a story about how she accidentally called him 'hon,' and they decided together to put a stop to that shizz, promising to alert each other if they accidentally said anything like that again.

They even felt guilty for doing a good job treating him, and feared judgment from the public.

Another nurse continued:

"When you’re in the room, it’s just a patient. You’re here to . . . make sure they're feeling better. When you step away, you take it in. I am compassionate, that’s what we do. But should I be? The rest of the world hates him right now. The emotions are like one big salad, all tossed around."

We bet it's one of the most difficult things these nurses and staff had to go through. While his injuries might not have been as severe as some they've seen, we're willing to bet that was beside the point.

We mean, they even had to treat him at the same time that they were treating his own victims — there were 24 bombing victims in the hospital, some even on the same floor. Family members even had to walk by his heavily guarded room to visit!

Still, the professionalism of these nurses is astounding. Who knows what we'll be able to get out of this guy now that he's survived. It was THEIR ability to put aside everything but their job that will lead to justice!

Oh, and did we mention that all of the nurses asked by supervisors to care for Tsarnaev agreed to do it?

Yeah, we have nothing but super amounts of respect for these nurses, and nurses everywhere!

[Image via AP Images.]

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27 comments to “Boston Bombings: Nurses Speak About Treating Dzokhar Tsarnaev”



  1. 1

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  2. Amanda says – reply to this


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    Being an ICU nurse I've unfortunately had something like this happen a few times, murders and rapists. It's very difficult to be compassionate to someone who does such evil. But I always remember that I can be compassionate nurse to person like this there is still good in this world.

  3. Rokudan says – reply to this


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    The nurses were being professional under very difficult circumstances. They deserve respect.

  4. Right says – reply to this


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    WHat a bunch of boloney. I wish nurses felt compassion for my father when he was dying in the hospital. Instead, they ignored him, abused him, and just let him die.

  5. whateveryou says – reply to this


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    Totally agree with Rok. She was doing what she should jobwise & I doubt that she wanted to set herself up as judge & jury of this guy. He may be a total airheaded follower type that let his oler brother lead him into something ugly. But as the nurse it's not her duty to decide all that.

  6. doc says – reply to this


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    I disagree with the nurses saying they would "catch" each other if they found each other being nice. He is a child and though he may have committed a heinous crime, when you choose to be a nurse, you are not supposed to judge who you treat. The only thing you should "catch" is if you are giving the incorrect medical treatment. End of story. No one should be chastised for being nice, regardless of who it is, that does not mean we are unpatriotic, it is just how we are trained.

  7. OnlyGodCanJudge says – reply to this


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    You don't know for sure he did it, IF IT EVEN HAPPENED AT ALL! There is a lot of proof out there that show it was someone else. There is a lot of proof out there that show it was all faked. Do your research!

  8. bnietzsche says – reply to this


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    He's cute.

  9. john doe says – reply to this


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    Re: Right – i hope you get the same treatment when you're in the hospital yourself

  10. hmmmm says – reply to this


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    I work in the hospital and I tend to patients in the intensive care unit. I THOUGHT it was against our protocol to talk about patients by their name? The article talks about the care they are giving him. I've always been told we were not allowed to speak about anyone's condition or even mention their name. The only people we could give that info to was the family or spouse but that was with the patient's consent. Regardless of what he may have done, he should be treated with the same care as anyone/everyone else. When we chose this career, we knew it wouldn't be easy. When one has to stop and think about what kind of treatment they should be giving the person, that's when they need to decide on a different career. We always treat our patients to the best of our ability, whether they be guilty or innocent. Our job is to do the best that we can to save a life. In that moment, I'm never thinking about what kind of job I should be doing based on the person's background. I just do my job. Law enforcement and God will handle the rest.

  11. carl says – reply to this


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    to only god can judge.. you are a fucking idiot. I was there you fucking moron.. what the fuck is wrong with you? I saw everyone without legs and arms. I hope nothing but bad will ever come to you and your family for what you said .

  12. gogo says – reply to this


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    Re: carl – easy

  13. L.T. says – reply to this


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    That's what a nurse does. They take care of people no matter how much they loathe the person. It was probably one of the hardest things that they had to do considering what this psycho and his equally psycho brother did.

  14. mmmm says – reply to this


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    As a nurse one thing that is reinforced is privacy she should know better than to talk about a patient . It could affect his trial cause, her registration to be suspended and for what 15 seconds of fame and some money

  15. stellasmom says – reply to this


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    Read the whole article in Sunday's Boston Globe. I really admire those nurses. Many of them had spent the first 48 hours caring for the survivors of the bombing only to have to take care of the bomber himself. They had to put their feelings aside to do their job. Very professional.

  16. Bren says – reply to this


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    As professional nurses, they should have known better than to publicly break Federal HIPPA laws regarding patient privacy. Lawsuit in 3..2…1…

  17. OnlyGodCanJudge says – reply to this


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    RE: Carl

    Did you see him and his brother do it? Did you see them place the bags? When he was running away, he still had his bag! I don't know for sure that it happened. There is a lot of proof out there that it didn't. But if it really did, I don't think they did it.

  18. SMG says – reply to this


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    Re: carl – Boy, you also really know how to make yourself sound like an *sshole. Putting Right's family into it. What do they have to do with anything just because he made an ignorant comment online.

  19. OnlyGodCanJudge says – reply to this


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    Re: carl – Did you see him and his brother do it? Did you see them place the bags? When he was running away, he still had his bag! I don't know for sure that it happened. There is a lot of proof out there that it didn't. But if it really did, I don't think they did it.

  20. OnlyGodCanJudge says – reply to this


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    Re: SMG – I'm a she…Can you show me 100% proof that these 2 guys did it? I think not! Just because the media tells you that, you want to believe. The backpack didn't even match!

  21. Edd says – reply to this


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    Re: hmmmm – Spot on comment,, the moment you have to the question the level of care to give a patient while you are a nurse or a doctor /medical assistant is the exact moment you should pick a new career.
    a similar type of scenario= frontline troops come under heavy fire…..they return fire and wound their attackers… their first actions and response once securing the area is to provide medical treatment for the enemies they just wounded.its called professionalism. although im pretty sure…these nurses should not even be discussing the case or anything regarding patients due to patient doctor confidentiality clauses.

  22. geneic says – reply to this


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    Re: OnlyGodCanJudge – He confessed to doing it! He wrote a note inside the boat claiming he did it & he didn't feel for his dead brother bc he was a martyr. He said they did it bc of the deaths of those in Afghan & Iraq. His brother admitted they did it when they hijacked the Chinese guys car. They are on video & he did not have his backpack when he left. Its very insulting to those who were there, hurt, and those killed. Just because he is cute, doesn't make him innocent. No matter what, he did it and is proud of it. He is not a child, he is a 19 year old man. If he raped a little girl, people would not be calling him a child. He is a grown man, who hates Americans, and in the name of their religion murdered, maimed, and hurt many innocent lives. He hurt way more people than Charles Manson, so does that mean Charles Manson is an innocent child. You know he never actually killed anyone, but ordered it to be done. So, maybe he should be considered a saint. People who make these silly comments, just make me sick. People like you are what is wrong with this horrible world we live in. The only person that should be called a child is the poor defenseless boy that was blown up by this pos terrorist! If you support this creep, then you might as well support Bin Laden. This terrorist actually had the balls to lay down his backpack filled with a pressure cooker bomb right by the poor 8 year old child, knowing what was gonna happen to that poor CHILD!!!

  23. MC says – reply to this


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    Re: geneic – I completely agree with everything you have said. "OnlyGodCanJudge" sounds like a child. On top of that they sound brainwashed by conspiracy theorists that have nothing better to do with their lives than sit on a computer all day and pretend to be detectives. Thank you Geneic for putting it so well. Unfortunately others aren't educated enough to see the obvious.

  24. OnlyGodCanJudge says – reply to this


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    Re: geneic – Have you seen the letter that he wrote? How do you know he really wrote it? The backpack was edited out of some of the pictures and videos. There is a video that shows the older brother Alive, naked, and in custody, but then they are saying that the younger brother ran him over? Then a witness to it all said the police ran him over, and shot him, after he was already in custody! When the younger brother was caught, he was fine! He got out of the boat on his own with no blood. Then we see pictures of him covered in blood and being worked on. Check out nodisinfo.com

    You have a right to your own opinion, and I have a right to mine.

    I never said in any of my posts that he was cute, and I never said in any of my posts that he is a child.

  25. Erin says – reply to this


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    how do you know it was him and his brother? what happen to innocent until proven guilty? i thought this happend in America where you are innocent until proven guilty!!!!

  26. rather not says – reply to this


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    Re: geneic – Did you here the part about how he was angry about what was happening in Afghan and Iraq, just like what happened here, Innocent lives are being taken by the US troops, except like everyday . I mean that still doesn't make what he did any better but you cant start blaming religion for it.

  27. Maria says – reply to this


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    The nurses and every one must think the for being judged and sentenced, he had to be alive! That's why the nurses' job was so important…