According to Dictionary.com a nurse is "a person formally educated and trained in the care of the sick or infirm." For those of us that are nurses, we know that being a nurse is so much more. It may be ushering a new life or be holding the hand of a life that's ending. It may be teaching a patient with a new diagnosis how to manage treatment at home or it may be teaching a new graduate nurse how to manage taking care of patients on their own.
Being a nurse may require being a referee, a translator, a mentor, a counselor, or just being present.
Being a nurse, is who we are.
Often it interrupts lunch and bathroom breaks. It does not stop with the end of the shift. It may wake us at 0300 in the morning or with a bloody knee or on the side of the road or at a school function. A nurse is a 24/7 job. And we do it proudly.
May 6th through 12th is National Nurses Week. Thank you to all of my fellow nurses and for all of those who aspire to be a nurse, thank you.
This week remember why you became a nurse and honor each other. And be proud for being a nurse.