As nurses, we have many, many quiet matters of the heart, which we tuck away in some obscure corner of our lives where they usually remain unaddressed and neglected. Let us dare to uncover some of those delicate thoughts and peek into them.
We nurses are the world’s best givers. We literally pour ourselves out for others, in caring. We give far more than we ever dream of receiving. How do we do this? How do we give and give and care and care, over and over again?
We choose to be givers in this world when we answer that calling into the nursing profession. We endure our rigorous studies and finally achieve that hard-earned nursing license. When we enter the profession, we are enchanted and enamored by the excitement and challenges, but all too soon the disillusionment sets in.
We realize that things aren’t quite like the textbooks explain, and that maybe not every patient always gets the right amount of attention and effort devoted to them that each deserves. We realize that time and resources are finite, so we figure out ways to do more with less, and get more mileage out of our day. We learn to multi-task better, to streamline our processes better. We start to skip lunches, forget to drink and hydrate ourselves, and hardly ever make it to the bathroom. We put ourselves aside for the sake of the patients.
Throughout our nursing careers, we continue to show that we are givers, by not only living out our higher calling, but by choosing to stay and remain in our work. Even though we have our fair share of legitimate reasons to abandon ship, most of us haven’t done that. We have chosen not to.
It’s our decision. It’s our decision to stay. It’s our decision to still care. It’s our decision to continue to endure the sometimes harsh conditions and situations we find ourselves in. The list of ways we show this determination and dedication to our patients is endless.
Personally, I am truly thankful to you, to all nurses, for the many sacrifices you have made. Remember the time you cried all the way home from work because of something traumatic that happened that day? But you came back to work and punched in the next day, didn’t you? I thank you for how you worked throughout your pregnancy for as long as physically possible, for all the times you patiently oriented that new-hire, and for taking the time to recruit that sharp technician or nursing assistant into our profession. I thank you for enduring those difficult moments when you cried over the med cart, or sustained a needle-stick, or quietly tolerated a co-worker who disrespected you. I thank and appreciate you for all the cross-training you have willingly done, all the codes you participated in, and for the time you stopped at the accident site to help the victims.
Many thanks, Many tomorrows
Thanks for the time you chose to find creative alternatives instead of using chemical restraints for your agitated patient, or for the time when you stayed during the heavy snow and for helping with the tornado. Thank you for attending your patient’s funeral for the sake the family, and for following up on the woman after she lost her baby.
Please accept my gratitude for all of the births you celebrated, all of the patient deaths you mourned, all of the education you have provided, all of the education you have pursued, all of the times you were a strong nurse leader, all of the times you deferred to follow, all of the times you advocated, all of the times you lobbied, all of the prayers you have said on behalf of others, and for all of the other unspoken sacrifices you make. Be proud of yourself and accept this overdue expression of appreciation you so deserve.
As we look ahead to all the tomorrows we have left, we stand together, determined to continue to show how much we are willing to give and willing to care every time we put those scrubs on, or answer the call light, or cry with the family, or breathe with the woman, or stop the hemorrhage, or comfort the child.
Tomorrow we will again show our determination to still care when we teach the lesson, change the dressing, insert the tube, present the idea in the board room, give the bad news, volunteer to fill in for a nursing shift, feed the baby, make the phone call, travel to the disaster, write the evaluation, make the home visit, attend the funeral, give the pain med, feed the elder, shock the chest, explain the procedure, calm the family, or go back to school.
Yes, tomorrow we will wake up and choose once again to let the giving and the caring flow through our loving hands and tender voices. Personally, I am so very humbled and proud to be able to say that I am a member of your amazing profession and your sacred work.
Please know that you are well appreciated in this little heart of mine, and in all the hearts of those who have not been able to express their gratitude over the years. The patients know that nurses are best givers in the world, because we show this to be true every day. Today, my prayer is that God will bless you with the strength and wisdom you need to keep on caring in all of the tomorrows He still has in store for you.
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