Love For Nurses Pours In After Photo of Exhausted L&D Nurse Goes Viral

A viral photo of an exhausted nurse after a long week will make you appreciate nurses more

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Caty Nixon breaks down after a tough day. Image: Facebook
Caty Nixon breaks down after a tough day. Image: Facebook

Laura McIntyre posted a photo on Facebook of her identical twin sister, Caty Nixon, breaking down over dinner after having gone through a particularly rough shift. Within hours the post went viral with people describing what nurses have meant to them personally and thanking them for the work they do.

Capturing the emotion of a nurse’s job

The Facebook post shows an exhausted and crying Nixon, still in her scrubs and with her dinner on her lap. McIntyre explained that her sister was having dinner at her house when she broke down crying – thinking of the stillborn baby she had delivered at the end of that day. She had just worked more than 53 hours during four shifts in a row. In her post, McIntyre further explained how her sister often doesn’t get a chance to eat or drink at work – forgetting to take care of herself while taking care of her patients. 

“Caty (& all other nurses) – you are SPECIAL. You bless your patients & their families more than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do,” concluded McIntyre. 

The moment showing Nixon’s heartbreak and exhaustion – not over personal problems, but for her patient – went viral within hours.

Love and appreciation for nurses

The post has had over 220,000 reactions, 20,000 comments and 131,000 shares! Comments from across the world mostly express love and appreciation for nurses. “It takes a very special person to be a nurse. Thank you, nurses, for all you do. God bless!” is a comment that brings together what a large number of people wrote. Especially touching is the comment “Thank you for caring so much it hurts”.

she's gonna kill me for this pic, but can we just give it up for nurses for a minute?•caty just wrapped up her fourth…

Posted by Laura McIntyre on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Many people also described and expressed their gratitude for when emotional support from nurses helped them through their own times of crisis. “As a mom of an 8-month term stillborn baby I never thought of the pain the nurses probably felt that day. You do a job most can’t. For that, I am forever thankful!”

Both the sisters were blown away by the overwhelming reaction. “I just think the positivity of it is the most amazing thing. Just to spread love,” McIntyre said.

Nurses have good and bad days

Nixon has worked in labor and delivery at Medical City McKinney in McKinney, Texas for the past four years. She was recently awarded Women’s and Children’s Services Employee of the Year at the hospital.  

She told Time that while nursing comes with inherent stress the photo was captured after a long, heartbreaking day. “Typically my job is happy,” she explained, with good days outweighing the bad. She also hopes that those who appreciated the post will realize that there are people everywhere that give love – not just nurses but also firefighters, first responders, and parents.

In a statement, Medical City McKinney praised Caty Nixon as a wonderful example of the dedicated nurses working at the facility. A nurse’s responsibility is huge, their commitment is endless, and their impact immeasurable— we applaud Caty for exemplifying the dedication and compassion of nurses everywhere.”

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Frieda Paton, M.Cur, RN
Frieda Paton is a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in nursing education. Her passion for nursing education, nursing issues and advocacy for the profession were ignited while she worked as an education officer, and later editor, at a national nurses’ association. This passion, together with interest in health and wellness education since her student days, stayed with her throughout her further career as a nurse educator and occupational health nurse. Having reached retirement age, she continues to contribute to the profession as a full-time freelance writer. In the news and feature articles she writes for Nurseslabs, she hopes to inspire nursing students and nurses on the job to reflect on the trends and issues that affect their profession and communities - and play their part in advocacy wherever they find themselves.

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