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.]