As most know, last week was National Nurses Week and their special day was Wednesday, May 7. However, last Sunday was also Mother's Day and with only one column per week, it was hard to celebrate both. So the column this week is dedicated to all Nurses everywhere. Better late than never!
A nurse is a very special person indeed. Nurses did not get into their profession for the money they would earn or for the great hours they would be having. For a nurse, it's all about people and their ability to care for and understand them. Nurses must be gifted with a dedication that is second to none. They must really love their job even with the unique challenges that lay before them each day. Nurses need much flexibility, a genuine love for people, a strong sense of organization and the ability to accomplish many tasks in a short period of time. There are so many more qualities a nurse has but here are some thoughts from one specific nurse who shall remain anonymous:
When you're 92, you shouldn't have to beg for the salt shaker, even if you have congestive heart failure.
Our profession has no room for bullies, whiners or constant complainers.
Every day that I've held a hand but forgotten to chart vitals, I still feel I did the right thing and came out ahead.
Nursing is the hardest and easiest thing I've ever done.
Whatever I need in a hurry will always be in someone else's room.
Healing the spirit is as important as healing the body.
If I don't take care of myself, I can't really take care of anyone else.
A body believes every word you tell it.
Time actually flies whether you're having fun or not.
A lot of patients get well in spite of us, but even more get well because of us.
If I don't get emotionally involved with my patients, it's time for me to change professions.
Professionals give advice but healers share love and wisdom.
If I don't celebrate the uniqueness of each day, I've lost something I'll never get back.
Grief knows no rules.
The more unloving a patient acts, the more he needs to be loved.
Some things just have to believed to be seen and others just have to be seen to be believed.
Having a super strong stomach helps.
I must never forget The Florence Nightingale Pledge: "I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care".
Well, That's The Way I See It.
Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 319-327-4640. Blessings to everyone and especially to those we call "Nurse."