It is with great pleasure that I send to you my best wishes for a great National Nurses Week to you. It is a celebration to the noble profession to which you have dedicated yourself. A profession rich with tradition and committed to an ever evolving process of improving the quality of life for those whom we care.
As you go through this week, and throughout the rest of the year, I hope you will remember just how valuable you are to our society. As nurses, we have the distinct honor to play a very significant role in the lives of thousands of people during our careers. In our role as nurse, we touch lives, often in ways we simply cannot appreciate. In our fast paced society, we often don’t hear back from patients that we have cared for, but every once in a while a patient will take the time to say not just thank you, but will express to you just what a profound difference you made in their life or the lives of their family. Now, you must know in your heart that for every one time you hear it, their will be dozens of times that the same sentiment is felt by others for whom you have cared.
Sometimes, we get to continue our care for a family long after we traditionally expect to do so. A couple of years ago, I went to the office supply store, as I was checking out, the clerk looked at me for a long moment and asked, aren’t you the nursing supervisor at _______. I replied that I was, she started crying. She apologized and told me it was her late mothers birthday and that when her mother was dying, I came to the room and stayed with them, and held her hand as her mother took her last breath. Sadly, I did not recognize her or remember her mother in particular, but the M.O. was certainly one that I tried to accomplish any time we had a patient whose prognosis was terminal. She thanked me for being with them and for the care that all the nurses had provided to her mother. We held hands again for a moment while she regained her composure. She was convinced that her mother had sent me to the store that day. She still, to this day, grieves heavily the loss of her mother and I seek her out every time I go to the store and check on her. We talk about how she’s doing, her needs, and her family. I always leave thanking God that I was able to be there for her and her family and for allowing me to help her through one of life’s hardest times.
In my life I have had many titles, parent, spouse, manager, educator, volunteer, president, but none gives me more pride than saying “I’m a nurse”. I thank God that I was given the gift of compassion.
Remember always my friends that you are indeed a gift from God to all of humanity. As I have written in the past, imagine a world filled with people who had the greatest qualities of nurses: compassion, a need to help others, a respect for the beliefs of others, a tradition of non-judgment. Indeed, the world would be a much better place. Oh, we’d still have our problems, but the problems would be much different then the ones we deal with today. I believe we would have a world that would not have to deal with starving children, a world that was not suffering preventable deadly epidemics, and a world that respects and even honors diversity.
So, as we go through National Nurses week, take great pride in what you do and who you are. You are indeed “angles of mercy” and the world is a much better place because of you and the vital work of your profession. Be humbled by the awesome gifts that God has given you, none the least of which is the gift to so significantly impact the lives of others. Be blessed always in your life to know that even though you may not always hear it, the world is grateful for you, and our society is better because of you!
May God bless you always and keep you in the love and warmth of eternal light,
GET YOUR FREE NURSES WEEK GIFT
NurseRecruiter.com is celebrating National Nurses Week all month long. As part of our celebration, we are giving all our new members a free gift. Sign-up for any member servcie at NurseRecruiter.com this month and we’ll send you your choice of a free rope pen or “I”m a Nurse” window decal*. What are our member services? Well you already belong to one, our monthly newsletter, but to claim you free gift, you’ll have to join a new member service before the month is over, choose from:
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If you decide that you’d rather not use one of our member services, that’s okay. All members, new and old are eligible to win a $100.00 gift certificate to Medical Apparel Outlet, featureing Cherokee Uniforms, Scrubs, and Rocker Shoes. It’s all just a small token of our appreciation for your support of our nurse-owned company.
*The Fine Print:
- Must be signing up for a new service during the month of May 2005.
- We reserve the right to substitute free gift as invertory availability is limited.
- Free gifts will only be sent to postal addresses in the United States. Sorry, no International shipping requests will be honored.
** To qualify by using the Travel Nurses Broadcast Service, you must be an RN or LPN, with a minimum of one year clinical experience, be a U.S. Citizen or have a current and valid work permit for the United States.