“Just a Nurse”

The new semester has started!! I will be able to blog about it Friday night (too busy right now and Friday I have to stay up all night because I work Saturday night) but to tie you over in the meantime…

I read this great blog post last night that really resonated within me. For some time I have struggled with how the public and some of my friends and family choose to identify nurses; nurses are seen as “babysitters,” or “doctor’s handmaidens,” etc, etc. It’s hard to describe how much a nurse really does within her/his shift and career and how VITAL and important nurses are in their own right. This blog post really put into words how I feel and I encourage everyone who reads my blog to hop on over and read this post. And then, when you come into contact with a nurse, thank her/him. 🙂

I am a Nurse. I didn’t become a nurse because I couldn’t cut it in med school, or failed organic chemistry, but rather because I chose this. I work to maintain my patient’s dignity through intimate moments, difficult long term decisions, and heartbreaking situations. I share in the joy of newly born babies and miraculously cured diseases. I share in the heart break of a child taken too soon, a disease too powerful, a life changed forever. My patient is often an entire family. I assess and advocate. Sometimes I wipe bottoms, often I give meds, but that isn’t the extent of what I do. There are people above me, and people below. I work closely with both, without them, I could not do what I do well. I chose this profession and love almost every minute of it. I know I am not alone and I appreciate all of the nurses who work alongside me. Many of them have shaped me into the nurse I am. Someday I will shape others into the nurse they will be. This wasn’t my plan B, it was my plan A, and I would gladly choose it again. ~ According to Kateri

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