The Nurse's Heart

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The Nurse's Heart

A Nurse must have a heart

That's bigger than the rest.

How else can she see the worst

And give her best.

She puts on a brave face

With any sign of danger.

Cheeks lined with weariness, 

Yet a smile to comfort a stranger.

She knows with

Kindness and love

There is always room to

Rise above.


Copyright © 2010 Tammy Lochmann

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

My daughter-in-law is a RB and works in the Neo-Natal Unit at a large hospital here in WNC. I am so proud of her. Nurses are so special, great hub.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Sorry about the typo she is an RN.


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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

I would have a hard time being a nurse because I am such an empath; actually feel other people's pain and sorrow. Thank God, I am perfectly suited for being a good pharmacist.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Sir Ballard...What an honor! Thank you for reading my little poem. It's great to see you. Your daughter-in-law is a brave person to work with those teeny tiny babies. Thanks again for reading!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

DiamondRN...Nice to see you my friend. I am an empath but I think that has helped me not be as burned out as some do get after being a nurse for a long time. I have to hand it to the pharmacists where I work it gets a little hairy especially when they have to attend codes and such. Thank you for reading!


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

That has to be exactly what a "Nurse's Heart" is like! Seriously...I think you "nailed-it" perfectly within the confines of your poetic description. Well done! My daughter is one semester away from becoming a Nurse. I can see her exemplifying these traits when I read your poem...How cool is that? (I appreciate the link and the mentioning here on this great hub.) Best of Fortune in all your writings!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Nurses make all the difference in a patient's recovery. Love the poem.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

manlypoetryman...How wonderful that you have a nurse in your family...I am so thrilled that you came to look at my poem...Thanks!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

POP!...I am always so glad to see you when you drop by. I am off to the hospital in a few moments. I will be dropping by the tavern later. [[hugs]] Tammy


ralwus 6 years ago

I do love my nurses, my favorite heroes! Male or female, but of course I prefer the latter. Woot! You rock!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

ralwus...You are too kind...I have to agree though Nurses Rock! You rock too my friend. It's great to see you!


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

Great poem. It does take someone very special to be a nurse.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

DustinsMom...Nice to see you and thanks for reading. I don't consider myself as special but I do know some who are. Thanks again, Tammy


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Great poem Tammy-you sum it all up beautifully--and I agree 'nurses rock'.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Nurses are wonderful! Thanks for this poetic tribute to them

Love and peace

Tony


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Ita...Thanks you! Irish nurses rock for sure! All nurses rock! It's great to see you! I loved your "Dark and Stormy Night" intros...too funny!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

tonymac04...So nice to see you! Thank you for your encouraging words.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

very beautiful............ nurses are very special people. That makes you very special! :-)

Kaie


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Kaie...You are too kind! Teachers are very special too. They work very hard at forming young minds around curriculum that doesn't always fit every student. I admire school teachers very much.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

What a beautiful poem and a wonderful tribute to all the wonderful nurses of the world. Your compassionate heart and loving kindness comes through loud and clear. Thanks for being such a really great nurse.

Hugs,

Sage


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Sage...Great to see you and thanks. Where I work the praise is few and far between women tend to be very jealous of each other so they don't complement each other too much. I do I tell them how wonderful they are. I rarely get a complement or word of encouragement at work. I think they all believe in tough love or something like that or they are all just burned out.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I love you Tammy! I love you because you are a nurse. You already have contributed and you have loved the stranger. You have taken on a profession that is higher than the position of any national ruler. You've made the world a better place- one patient at a time. I love you Tammy!

(teachers, emts, soldiers, etc.) God bless you!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Sage...HUGS to you too!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Micky...The world is a better place because of loving and kind people like you and having been one who has served this country. Thank you for your enthusiastic comment. Lots of hugs to you!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

When my Dad lay dying in the hospital, it was a nurse who stood beside me with her arm protectively around me because I was shaking head to toe. It has always been a nurse who shows she cares and helps us through. I hope the nurses I've met in difficult times know how much I appreciated them.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Sheila b...Don't worry we do know. It warms my heart to see so many people who have had positive experiences with nurses. Thanks for sharing it is really nice to see you! [[hugs]] Tammy


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Wonderful poem, Tammy. Here's to yours and every nurse's heart - may many more of us appreciate it a lot more!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

What a pleasant surprise, didn't realize this was a poem by the title. It is very true. I'm amazed at how tired nurses are yet remain cheerful and helpful. Great poem Tammy!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Shalini...Nice to see you. Here's hoping...[[hugs]]...Tammy


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Jen...Thanks for stopping by. It's always great to see you. Not all nurses are cheerful and helpful, I work with some of those. [[hugs]]...Tammy


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Hi Tammy, You are the best. I only wish that You or someone like you could be my Nurse, the next trip to the hospital for me. GOD BLESS YOU !!!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great stuff, Tammy. :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful way to describe a nurse, Tams! I must share this with my nurse-daughter!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

CYBERSUPE...Nice to see you. I would gladly be your nurse...Stay out of the hospital okay, there are sick people there. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your encouraging words.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Springboard...Thanks my friend nice to see you!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Holle...I was hoping you would see this one. Please share it with her. [[hugs]]

Lockermann [[hugs]]


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Tammy enjoyed this one - I have a mother, mother in law, sister and sister in law that are or were nurses - great hub :)


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Dgenr8 6 years ago

So true Tammy, you need to have a really big heart to be a nurse. Nice work.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

billyaustindillon...Thank you for stopping by and thank your sister, mother, mother-in-law and sister-in-law for being nurses...It's a really hard job. It's really nice to see you.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Dgenr8....Thanks I just write how I see it...I don't think I am a stand out or anything but I am proud to be a Nurse and I still enjoy it. It's great to see you and thanks for stopping by.


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Healthy Living Is 6 years ago from allergies, people, flowers. health, diet, art, medicine, mental health

Great Post I am a nurse too!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Healthy Living is...Hi nice to meet you. I am heading to your place to check out what you got going on. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Tams, Shannon loved this!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Holle...Thanks for sharing this with Shannon. It makes me happy that she liked it. It so nice to see you thanks for dropping by.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for sharing this pity, perfect poetry.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Thank you Sir James it's always a pleasure for you to stop by and leave your words.


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Well I knows ya have a big heart, loves the new pic !


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Artie...Thanks for dropping by...You have a big heart too that's why you are so passionate about things that you do. I need to see your new pic up close I can't make it out...What is it?


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Very well said. Nurses are like angels..only they do not have wings. It is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Linda...thanks for dropping by and leaving your kind words...It's great to

see you!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

beautiful poem and so true, nurses are special people and not everyone can do what you do. Cheers.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Wondrous poetry, my dearest Tam...

We´ve been so busy we haven´t read each other for quite a while, have we not? But I never forget my very good friends! Sweet and touching verses, Tam! Rated up and beautiful!

Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,

Al


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Al...I have been really busy and haven't been writing I have been checking in still. I've been reading my friend and rating yours up of course just don't have time to make my wonderful comments like I did before. LOL Glad to see my old and dear friends are still up-and-at-em! (((hugs))) Tammy


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

wow, wonderful poem, makes me wish I could write such things, of course rated up and beautiful, and i saw you hit 10,000 views, congrats on that number, keep up the great work.

Rated up and awesome and beautiful, keep on writing!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Rebecca...You have brought a tear to my eye for such a nice comment. I have been feeling a lot less creative lately. Thank you for your encouragement. (((hugs))) Tammy


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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

Ofcourse this is beautiful poem and how the nurses should be. I know of a surgeon who was working in delhi in Govt hospital and he stopped doing thoracic surgeries because nurses in his hospital were not good nurses and he himself have to do everything what was basically job of the nurse..but then in govt hospitals in India you cant fire anyone .. anyways nurses are and should be held in high esteem


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

sweetie1...That is too bad that nurses get a bad name because of that. Nurses work very hard long hours and it is very thankless. We have to clean up human excrement and endure abuse from doctors, coworkers, and patients. I do not feel sorry for that surgeon. I hope he found a more cushy job where he had nurses at his beck and call. It's hard enough being a nurse here in the United States I cannot imagine how hard it would be in India especially in a government hospital.

Thank you so much for dropping by and making a comment it's nice to see you.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Really loved your hub and it's obvious it came from your heart. I've only just found you on here , I will be back in a bit to read more of your work .Thank you for sharing Tammy.


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DaisyExpress 6 years ago

Love your poem. I am sitting in the hospital with my 13 month old daughter again. She has been in a good 7 months of her little life. The nurses have been wonderful. A good, compassionate nurse makes the rough times so much better. My mom is an RN and her patients would have been fortunate to have had her. Will have to check out your other hubs....thanks so much, Sheryl


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Eiddwen...Nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by reading and taking the time to make a comment. I don't spend as much time here as I used to so forgive me for not replying in a timely manner. I have been working at the hospital for the last few days. The older I get the more energy it takes to manage home and work.

Thanks again. Tammy


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi DaisyE...(the eccs is not working on my keyboard right now LOL)...Thank you so much for your kind words. I am in love with your profile pic I want a St Bernard so badly but the heat and humidity here would not be fair to a dog like that. Sorry that your daughter has had so many health issues. I only try to treat my patients as I would like to be treated myself. My poems are from the heart and usually written after a difficult time at work.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and make a comment. I will check out your hubs too.

Thanks again, Tammy


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Ladda Boonmee 5 years ago from Thailand

Thank you for very nice poem. My parents always went to the hospital and I decided to be a nurse. Thank you again :)


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

Hi Ladda Boonmee...Nice to meet another nurse here at hubpages. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read and make a comment.


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ALL4JESUS 5 years ago from USA

I would not be alive today with nurses. Beautiful.


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

Hi ALL4JESUS...Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to put such a thoughtful comment on this hub.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi TammyL,

Beautiful poem. Being a nurse myself I this really touched me. Wonderful! Please keep writing.


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

Thank you Seeker7. I have several drafts written. Just trying to have time to edit between educating my kids, keeping up with a blog and working I don't have the time for doing what I love right now. Thanks again for reading and taking the time to write such a lovely comment. Great to see another Nurse here at HubPages.


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Leptirela 5 years ago from I don't know half the time

Great Hub :))))))

Love it


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

It's reassuring and wonderful to know that no matter how "rubbish" a person's life can get because of stress or issues or whatever - that they put in the time and energy to help others and make a difference. What may seem or feel like a thankless job can have other rewards too. The sense of being appreciated and understood! Think someone needs a hug, Tammy! LOL! Cheers! Hugs too!


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the hug Cheeky...Right back at you! I needed that I just got home from work when I saw your comments. Have a wonderful day and I hope you had a nice Easter Holiday.


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

Lovely, Tammy. If I wrote a poem about nursing, it would probably involve more bodily fluid, and olfactory overload..but then I'd break it up with a line or two of compassion ;-)

Thanks for the mail! And this is great.


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

Hi ahostagesituation...Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to read some of my work. Happy Nurses week!


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goprisca 5 years ago from Bangalore

Very nice poem. I always like to read poems.

Thanks for sharing.


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

hi goprisca...Thank you for reading and your kind words.


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

Lovely words about a group of people that actually deserve it. Well done


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

Hi Scarface1300, nice to meet you and welcome to HubPages. Thank you for reading my poem and taking the time to write such a kind comment. I have been reading your poems and they are very engaging.

Thanks again, Tammy


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A beautiful poem,and thanks for sharing.

I now look forward to reading many more by you.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago Author

Hi Eiddwen, Sorry I took so long to answer this but it didn't show up on my email. I haven't been writing much lately and this comment makes my fingers yearn to type out something creative. Thank you so much for your kind assessment and taking the time to read and make a comment.

Tammy


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago

A beautiful poem...it truly describes my sister who is a nurse..she has a very caring heart not only for the family but also for her patients. Voted up and awesome.


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Tammy Lochmann 4 years ago Author

Hi Marie-Renee! Awe shucks, and thanks for the lovely complement.

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