Thursday, May 12, 2011

International Nurses Day.

Somewhere right now a nurse is helping a woman become a mother, holding the hand of a dying man, inserting an IV into a child or listening to an Alzheimer’s patient tell a story they've already heard a hundred times. 

Somewhere right now, a nurse is getting yelled at for being late with meds, holding their bladder because they have been so busy they can't pee.

In my hospital right now one of my colleagues has worked over 14 hours straight because someone rang in sick. She won't get home to her family for another hour. We started together at 7.15 am this morning and she volunteered to let me get home to my kids because they are younger while she worked a double shift.

Today is international nurses day. Please think of the nurses caring for people in your town tonight. They don't do it for the money. If you get a chance to tell them they are appreciated please do it. Think of my work mate who is probably dropping on her feet with tiredness by now as she comes near the end of her day.

It's not an easy job but the reward is in the people we get to care for and work with.

Happy International Nurses Day to you all!

4 comments - click here to leave your comment:

  1. Thank goodness we have wonderful caring people in our hospitals like you and your friend. Thank you so much, happy international nurses day to you. xo

  2. I'm a bit late...but Happy International Nurses Day! I appreciate the dedication and care each and every one of you provides. You all make life easier and more comfortable when it is experiencing some bumps in the road. Thanks!! :)

  3. Thanks Gina for all you do as a nurse!

  4. You moved me to tears. The world is a better place because of people like you.