Nurses: God Bless Them Everyone
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The unsung heros; the ones who care when no else has time; the ones who help after the doctors have had their turn; the ones who are there to care; I honour the nurses of today, yesterday and tomorrow, because without them where would we be?
If you've never needed a nurse or had a family member who has needed one you may not understand the value of the amazing people who become nurses, but I do and I'm going to share.
My mother was a nurse and several relatives are nurses; in the "old days" if you were a woman you became a nurse or a teacher and a mom. Now a days both men and women chose to become nurses, and I have enormous respect for them and am grateful that it is still a profession of choice because it can often be a thankless job.
Nurses are the first line of defense so to speak in your health care and the direction of your treatment. They have the ear of the doctors and they make recommendations as far as the healing path. The nurses are the ones who monitor patient progress. The nurses take over from the doctors after surgery as far as care goes; the doctors check in with the nurses and rely on them to monitor progress. The nurses are the ones who wait with the patients before surgeries to determine exactly what is actually happening to their failing bodies and help determine what path might be taken. They don't make all the decisions but they definitely have a voice that is heard.
After too many visits to the hospital, as I lay in my bed, I tried to determine what makes someone choose this profession that demands you spend your days helping others, in ways that so many of us would find uncomfortable, compromising and just plain horrifying. I wonder if they knew they would be exposed to the human body in ways they couldn't possibly imagine, and at times treated as if they were the enemy.
The schooling is tough; it's a hard course to get through and takes smarts. It's demanding and weeds out those who maybe aren't cut out to be bombarded with all the profession will throw at them. That means the nurses that do make it through are dedicated and know what they have gotten themselves into. It boogles my mind even more that there are so many wonderful women and men that have made this their chosen profession; cause simply put it's a dirty job; and nobody has to do it, but I thank God so many have chosen to.
Old and New School Nurses
There are two schools of nurses old school and new school, and although I used to resent the new school nurses I understand they too have an important role to play in today's health care system.
New school nurses are concerned with getting the patient their medications on time first and foremost, and getting them right. Old school nurses are more concerned with the patients overall sense of well being, then factor in the medications.
Old or young the "new school" nurses seem to be in it for the paycheck more than the patients, but whatever their reason they still have to deal with the same level of trauma in their patients, depending on the department they work in.
Why has there become a separation of the types of duties nurses who come out of the same educational facilities? It is because the duties, responsibilities, especially in a hospital environment have changed drastically and the support systems in place have also changed.
Too many times in hospitals now nurses are responsible for too much paperwork and so time is taken away from hands on patient care; how frustrating it must be for those who got into the profession to give hands on help to those who need it.
Now a days LPN's and nurses aids are being brought into hospitals to help nurses with what is now considered menial work; bringing drinks, helping patients get out of bed and walk the halls, answering the many call bells that go off constantly 24/7. Although these helpers can lighten the load, they can also eliminate that one on one contact that makes identifying the issues a patient is having harder for the nursing staff.
And it's the nursing staff that makes the judgment calls as far as the patients overall care is concerned.
Have you had personal experiences with nurses that affected you?
In an Angry World Nurses Are an Example
Nursing is one of the most humbling, useful professions in our society. They should be the ones paid the big salaries, given the benefits that keep them well “preserved” emotionally, spiritually and mentally. They give so much to the world, to individuals daily, quietly and discreetly.
I can’t imagine a world without the caring support that nurses give freely and lovingly to those they even don’t know. I feel in a world that seems so angry, we only need to look to our nurses who demonstrate how to care every day of their lives, to witness examples of how we should all treat and help each other.
Without nurses where would we be? Thank you to all of you who have put yourself in the position of giving of yourselves daily to help those who can’t help themselves.
God Bless you everyone.
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