I have never regretted, not even for a single moment, my decision to become a nurse. Nursing has been one of the most rewarding parts of my life because it spans everything I do. I am a nurse no matter where I am or what the situation. I was recently reminded of this and other very special moments during my nursing career after reading a poem titled Reflections on the Hands of a Nurse. In honor of National Nurses Week, I would like to share them with you.
I remember caring for patients and enjoying some of the most joyous moments of their lives. I recall I was working one snowy Christmas day when a young couple came in from a pretty serious car accident. The wife was about four months pregnant and was very concerned that her baby had been harmed. I got the Doppler out, found the baby’s heartbeat and let her and her husband listen to it. The relief in the room was palpable.
Conversely, having spent most of my career in the emergency department (ED), I have also seen people at their worst and most vulnerable moments. This has taught me the important lesson of not leaping too fast to judge people. You never know where another human being has been or is coming from until you walk a mile in their shoes. Like all other nurses, I know I have helped countless people, many that I will never fully realize.
This nurses week, I would like to personally thank all of my fellow nurses out there for the difference you make daily wherever you happen to be. Your hands have touched countless lives and you have and will leave many grateful people in your path. I hope that you will take a moment and reflect on the poem I mentioned above–my all-time favorite–and realize the impact you make on people every day.
On behalf of T-System, I would like to wish you a very happy National Nurses Week! Thank you for the dedication you have to your patients and thank you for the honorable work you do each day!