Everyone has seen the movie that shows the nurse assessing patients, giving medications, doing treatments, running the floor, then standing at the side of the doctor, nodding submissively. But being is a nurse is so much more than that! It takes brain power, independent thinking, skill, savvy, and endurance. And on top of that, the world of a nurse is often surreal.
Nurses must live with the knowledge that peace in their life is fleeting and temporary; people get sick, die, age, and suffer. Nurses are acutely aware that life is messy and unfair. They wash the feet of unclean souls and hold the hands of their victims. Nurses see firsthand how some people suffer with pain that can’t be controlled. And nurses all know that some day, someone else’s fate will be theirs. Nurses never get to see life through the illusion of rose-colored lenses.
After spending hours struggling to keep a patient alive drenched in a stranger’s foul odorous debris, the supervisor complains as you clock out a few minutes late, then while driving home, distracted by the flashbacks of the morning code, you get a nasty gesture from a passing driver, then go home to a family whose biggest worry is what’s for dinner.
I want to thank the millions of nurses who put their heart and soul into the care of patients every hour of every day, year after year, crisis after crisis, shortage after shortage, with or without breaks, brow beaten defenders of patient needs… my soul mates. (From: Nursing Chose Me)