Sometimes people have a bomb dropped on their lives in the emergency room. Sometimes we find out things that no one expected and its really, really bad. The doctor has to deliver some news that will change their lives forever. So the doctors breaks the news. The nurse goes in to deal with the aftermath.
This is what nurses do. We deal with the human part of medical problems. Not only do we do the treatment necessary, we help people deal with what is happening to them. Whenever there is a threat to a persons physical self, its damn scary. Some times its more scary than others. It is the beginning of an ordeal that could last for months, even years. Many times they will die. We know they will die, but we don't tell them in the beginning. No one wants to hear they are going to die on the day of the bomb drop.
We are saying to ourselves: "oh shit..this isn't good..." We feel sad, knowing what the person will go through. We wonder what will happen to them. We will never know. Is it better that way?