Monday, May 7, 2012

A Thank You to Nurses


Nurses inspire with their selfless care of others.

It is a special week: Nurses Week.  We need to take a moment to thank these wonderful, hard working people. Our doctors diagnose our ailments, figure out a plan of action, and carry out the plan. I am so very thankful for the wonderful doctors who have (and continue to) help me, such as those at Mayo Clinic. 


However, credit where credit is due. Nurses are the ones who take care of us before and after surgery, during hospitalization. They make us feel comfortable, make us feel better. Nurses help us do things we cannot do by ourselves. They clean us, clean up after us. Nurses make sure we are safe, follow doctor's orders. They are the integral link between us and our doctors.


I have had good nurses and not so good nurses. I have had great nurses. I am thankful for the good ones and grateful for the great ones. Thank you to my friend Andrea (of From the Sol) & all great nurses, like her.

9 comments:

  1. McGuffy Ann - I so agree. When my dad passed away, I was only 14.. there were two special nurses who took care of him (and me). They really helped me through such a difficult time. I can live to be a 110 and I will never forget their names (debbie & shirley). The night my dad passed, when my mother had to handle things at the hospital, Debbie stayed with me and let me cry on her shoulder for what must have been a solid hour...

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  2. I am so honored to be part of a profession that has it's own day! I became a nurse to help others get better and cope with loved ones who are sick or have passed on. I love what I do and I love knowing others appreciate what I do. I worked pediatrics and OB for years and just loved it. My calling then was to be home to help care for my son, so nursing got put aside...as a "profession". But I never forget and I still help any family/friend who asks. My Dad got to come home earlier than he would have because I was a nurse. About 3 years ago he got 3rd degree burns on 70% of his body from a bond-fire accident. I quit work shortly after that to care for my son and I then helped care for my Dad too while he was recovering.

    There are many nurses I know through my son's NICU days and hospital stays over the years, as well as my family's experiences. Also I know many from my time working with them, learning with them/from them, and going to school with them. They are all great and I agree with you deserve much honorable mention in the healthcare field! YOU GO NURSES!!! :-)

    Glad you had good and great ones too. That always helps sickness be a tiny bit more bearable. ;)

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    1. Angie, THANK YOU! You also embody the kindness & caring that is a great nurse. Thank you. ~hug~

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  3. A good nurse is a person who can set her own needs aside to help someone else. It is a trait that I wish more people had ... life would be so much better. I am a nurse, but I don't claim fame for it. I think it is doing what I want to do. It feels good to know that someone else is doing better because I was there to help them.
    Nursing is not just a profession, it is a state of mind. I am proud of the nurses I have worked with ... each and every one of them was exceptional. It was the tone set by the work environment. But, nursing doesn't stop at the hospital or the doctor's office. As Angie said, you take it home with you, because it is a part of who you are. Suddenly you are the family nurse, the neighborhood nurse, the friend nurse, the link between your neighbor's dog or cat and their need for care. It is a life choice and you best be good at it, because a lot of other lives depend on you. Thank you for your kind words McGuffy Ann.

    Andrea

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  4. I totally agree with you...they take the time to explain things!

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  5. This is such a great post!! I didn't realize that it was nurses week this week and when I go visit my niece I will make sure to thank the nurses who are taking such awesome care of her in the NICU!!!

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  6. I love this post! My daughter is an RN on a post-surgical floor at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. I know first hand how tough nursing is, lots of stress, lots of long hours and tired feet, and lots of satisfaction when you know you've helped someone get thru their hospital experience a little easier. Caring nurses are God's angels, though no longer in white. Next time you encounter one, tell them thank-you, they need to hear that more often!

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    1. Josie, I totally agree. I am very much one to believe in validation, appreciation and credit where credit is due. And God bless nurses. They have gotten me through a lot. Not only do they need to be thanked, they deserve to be.
      Tell your daugher, "Thanks!"

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  7. I completely agree. Nurses and teachers and people like that should be paid rock star wages.

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