Nursing is a stressful occupation, often involving long shifts, life-and-death scenarios and occasionally cranky patients and doctors. A nurse may walk into a high-maintenance person's room wearing a winning smile and a congenial attitude and dutifully take care of his every need, but rest assured that everyone back at the nurses station knows what a jerk that patient is. That's because there's gossip involved with the job [source: RD.com].
Talking, purging, venting -- call it whatever you want -- it takes place between nurses and sometimes even involves nurses. It makes sense if you think about it. They're human and they can only take so much.