Thank a nurse…
I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, an aunt, a friend, and I am a nurse. I am privileged to be part of a profession that truly impacts the lives of strangers and their families. We are a group of men and women united by our profession and our passion that inspires us to do what we do- day in and day out.
We feel your pain, we share in your joy, we cry with you, we laugh with you, and we spend our holidays and weekends with you. Most of all, we remember you. We take our patients home with us, figuratively speaking of course. If we aren’t quick enough in treating your pain, know that we are not neglecting you. We are likely with another patient. We have likely not eaten breakfast or lunch. We have likely not had anything to drink, or emptied our bladders in WAY too long. We feel bad when we are forced to give sub-par care on the shittiest of days; we truly do. Know that we are the heart and soul of healthcare. We know you better than your doctor. We advocate for you-you are our priority. Unfortunately healthcare is a business, and we are employees of said business. Nurses around the nation are plagued by unsafe patient ratios that they cannot control. Healthcare is an extremely litigious field and we are required to spend much of our shift charting, charting, charting. We would much rather spend that time at the bedside sitting and talking with you, it just isn’t always possible.
Know that we will push our charting off to the side to be with you when you need us most. Know that we will then stay late to do that charting well after shift change. When things don’t go as planned, nurses take the blame and often don’t get the praise we deserve when things go right. Don’t get me wrong, we love what we do (with or without you verbalizing your gratitude) but hearing a heartfelt “thank you” after a long day is the icing on top of the cake and we do love cake…and donuts.
I guess what I am getting at is that nurses deserve so much more of everything. We do backbreaking, mind bending, gut wrenching, soul crushing, sometimes joyous and often inspiring work for you and your family. So please, this nurse’s week, thank a nurse. Then go beyond that. The next time you have a patient-nurse interaction be patient, be kind, be grateful, and we will promise to do the same. Happy nurse’s week friends 🙂