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Social Issues: Teach A Man To Fish

Updated on October 25, 2014

Humanity One World

I am responding to Billybuc's challenge... If you have not heard about H.O.W. by now, please read: Social Issues: How Do We Cure Social Ills? H.O.W.

I am a nurse every moment of my life. I have been a nurse for 31 years, over half of my life now.

I have cared for the seriously mentally ill and the homeless. I have seen vulnerability and hardship up close and personal. I have also observed amazing dignity and inner strength in these very same individuals.

No one signs on to be mentally ill or homeless. Anyone who presumes that these men and women are not capable of their own unique brilliance and contribution to our society is quite out of touch. I have worked with lawyers, social workers and teachers who are currently homeless for a myriad of physical, economic or social reasons. The ever growing number of young mothers with children with unstable housing situations is heartbreaking.

Poverty has a direct impact on health. It is understandable, yet unconscionable, for seniors, veterans and young mothers to have to choose between food and medical treatment. To further complicate matters, many are either uninsured or underinsured.


About Nurses...

For the last eight years, I have gained amazing insights from the nurses I teach in a BSN degree program. I see with every class I teach that nurses, for the most part, are born leaders.

Nurses are miracle workers, often working in unsafe, understaffed, even hostile workplace settings. Nurses are able to zero in on the most critical needs of the client, while juggling their own family and financial stressors on the home front.

Yet, nurses are rarely able to acknowledge the impact they have on countless people through their careers. The nurses I teach are so humble. They love their patients. They wish for more time to spend with patients and families.

Nurses are inherent doers. Nurses are capable of assessing situations quickly, efficiently and with expertise. Competent nurses are not afraid to take action and will ask for help, willing to return the assistance when warranted.

My favorite subject to teach is a 10-week Community Nursing course. This is an exhausting experience for the nurses as two of the requirements are a group community project and an individual service learning project.

It is understandable that anxiety is high and students naturally want me to suggest topics. Instead, I work with each nurse to identify their passion...what can they do to make a positive impact on the community.

It is exciting to watch nurses gain confidence in themselves over the weeks in this class. They are visibly moved to tears at times as they give their final poster presentations. Many students continue some sort of volunteer service affiliation after the class.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

— Chinese Proverb

Do it Now...

As nurses, providing health education, including referral information, may be the most effective and long-term manner in which we can make a difference. This awareness raising may be conducted at the patient / family level all the way to elected officials.

I would like to share the project of one remarkable nurse. This is simply one example of the many miracles my nurses perform in Community class.

My student is an African American single mother who works two jobs, one in correctional nursing and the other as a nurse investigator for the Department of Health.

For her service learning project, she selected a women and children's shelter to provide supportive educational sessions. In several meetings with these young women, the nurse offered classes and written information on:

  • typical behaviors and milestones for each developmental stage
  • normal height and weight by age
  • signs and symptoms that indicate child illness
  • nonviolent ways to discipline a child such as time-out, consistency
  • low cost and healthy food selections such as fruit, cheese, peanut butter, eggs
  • empowerment and assertiveness training

It was easy to see that this project was personal for the nurse. By the end of the class, she was able to share that she had been homeless with her 4yo daughter. Staying in this very shelter, a nurse reached out to her, offering support, trust and the motivation to apply to nursing school herself. And now, ten years later and after much hard work, she found herself giving back.

In my heart, I know she has much more to give. And she will, just as other nurses do, one person at a time.

We all have the capability of teaching, sharing or supporting someone in need. It's up to us to decide where we want to make a difference.

There is no magic involved. Do something that is meaningful, as often as you possibly can. That is the very least we can all do.

© Maria Jordan ( revised October, 2014)

Michael Jackson: Man In The Mirror


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      ps, I will take angels any chance I can get them.

      Thank you for your humbling and beautiful comment.

      Have a peaceful weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      This is at the heart of how we, each of us, can make a huge difference. In my family there are many who have chosen that as their life's work and I am in awe of their patience and calm under the stress they endure.

      Thank you for this 'hats off' to those who give so much each day.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OMG, Walter...I will admit, that while never laughing directly at anyone, there are many highly amusing stories from my work of over 25 years in the mental health field. Your story is 'right up there' and I thank you for sharing it here.

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      Poon Poi Ming 

      7 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: "No one signs on to be mentally ill or homeless."

      I had a colleague whose uncle works as the in-house psychiatrist of a mental home. He visits there occasionally. One day, he saw a guy who looked very normal and asked, "Why do you come here?" The guy retorted, "Why can't I?" My colleague replied, "But this is a madhouse!" "Madhouse? I think you're more mad than me! Here, I've free food and lodging. You must be mad to slog your guts out, just to eke a living!" My colleague was stumped for a moment, wondering how to reply, when he suddenly realized that the guy had stripped totally naked and then ran away! Maybe he's just trying to prove that not only does he have free food and lodging, he also has unlimited freedom. Or else, he suddenly realized that he had unwittingly exposed himself, and had to prove otherwise, LOL.

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Thank you for your gratifying feedback about nurses. I feel blessed to be part of this honorable profession.

      Have a peaceful weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      What a Truly Inspiring Hub Mar. Nurses are always there for the patients, to comfort and sometimes console, they wear many hats.

      Thanks for sharing your Wonderful thoughts on H.O.W.

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      So happy to meet you and I thank you for your visit and kind support.

      Hope you are having a lovely week. Hugs, Maria

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      H Lax 

      8 years ago

      A wonderful contribution to the H.O.W. movement and to showing people how they too can get involved in helping others regardless of their situation. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Tammy,

      Thank you so much for stopping by with your supportive comment towards nurses.

      I greatly appreciated your H.O.W. contribution on the Bystander Effect.

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Nurses are a special breed of people. The good ones have real passion and endurance. This is a wonderful contribution to how and a look at an under appreciated group of people. :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Girishpuri, Ruchira, 2besure,

      Forgive the length of time since my comment to each of your heartfelt remarks. Nurses sadly have to accept that dear family gets quite sick as well and we take things day by day.

      Bill is doing an amazing job in bringing this effort together and I look forward to catching up and seeing where we go from here.

      Have a beautiful holiday season. Hugs, Maria

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Nursing are very important part of our community. They are the one's who see you before the doctor and after the doctor. I have know nurses to pray with sick patients, let family in after visiting hours, and give you helpful advice. When you find a nurse that is a little short or grumpy, it is because they work 12 and sometimes 24 hour shifts and desperately need a little rest and care themselves. We have for people in my family in nursing. A noble profession! It is good to know there are nurses reaching out to make a difference! Voted up! useful...

    • Ruchira profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Always gives me goosebumps when I read about this new movement. I love it and you have done a remarkable job in highlighting all those authors along with your thought provoking hub.

      Beautiful/Interesting/Useful Maria.

      Sharing it across

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      Girish puri 

      8 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Maria, God bless you, You are amazing,. Great help to the human kind, Where ever you need my services for H.O.W, most welcome.

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sha, You are beautiful too...from your comment, to the powerful contribution you have written for H.O.W., to the depths of your soul.

      Michelle, Thank you for stopping by with your supportive remarks. I am planning to visit your H.O.W. piece very soon.

      Faith, I am humbled by your remarks as you are one of the kindest women on HubPages. Your H.O.W. articles have proven to me that you are an angel on Earth.

      Vinaya, Your comment is insightful and your visit is appreciated.

      Hoping you all have a peaceful weekend and hugs, Maria

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Poverty was the root cause of armed conflict in my country. I understand the ills of being poor. Thanks for sharing your emotionally charged thoughts.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Maria, this is stunning, profound and you are amazing. What a great addition to the H.O.W. movement to say the least.

      You are an inspiration to so many, and this will surely inspire all who read this powerful piece here. Thank you for sharing your generous heart with all you come into contact with each and everyday.

      You are beautiful, as I keep saying, on so many levels. Voted way up and sharing and linking

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Michelle Liew 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Nurses contribute so much to the HOW philosophy with their determination and dedication. We all can make a positive difference! Thanks for this beautiful write!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, this is phenominal! Each member of the H.O.W. movement has so much to offer in the way of ideas that each and every one of us can employ towards righting the wrongs of the world. You do it everyday through your chosen career. And yet, you reach out and do more and more every day. This is a very inspirational hub. But then, I'm not surprised; look at the source! You are beautiful!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Rasma, I appreciate the honesty of your comment. Nursing can be so challenging, yet I hate to think of compassion not being our primary characteristic.

      Pamela, As a nurse yourself, I am heartened to her of your positive experiences with your Mother's nursing care.

      Ardie, Wonderful to see you and I agree that a good nurse truly loves her work, through the good times and the bad.

      Ubanichijioke, Thank you for your wise insights and your visit.

      Hoping you are all having a peaceful week. Hugs, Maria

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      8 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Maria,

      You have penned a great hub with true life story and experiences. I really appreciate this hub and knowing that the good we do to others will bring us happiness is all the more why we must do good.

      A most wonderful hub. Best of wishes and peace to you my dear friend.


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      8 years ago from Neverland

      The nurses I know are all so selfless. I don't know how they do what they do day in and day out - other than they can do it because they love the work and helping others. I bet so many of your students have touched lives through the community project.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Mar, Awesome hub! As a nurse, I have also seen them reach out and go the extra mile not just once, but all the times. I spent much of last night in the ER with my mother and back to the hospital today. The nurses have been outstanding with her care because nurses care. Thanks for writing this wonderful hub.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and interesting. Maria great hub. I admire nurses because their work involves a lot of compassion and understanding and patients should feel the love that comes from these angels of mercy. Unfortunately in Riga I guess occupation times made people rather tough and hardhearted and I have to say that the nurses here just don't have the compassion nor the warmth needed. Passing this on. Hugs. Thanks for linking me. I will link too.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sweet Mary,

      I missed commenting to you in my last response but I will take this time to tell you how very blessed I feel to have you as a friend. You really are one of the good gals!

      Hugs and much love, Maria

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Car51, I appreciate your support and encouragement of my writing and this cause.

      Mike P, I am seeing your insightful and heartfelt comments on all of the H.O.W. hubs. You are able to balance this with the other wonderful work you are already doing, how cool!

      Snakeslane, Respect and dignity seem to be the essential backbone of any efforts. I am grateful you stopped by.

      Mike F, Your remarks are insightful and most appreciated. I am also most impressed with the other H.O.W. articles I have read so far.

      Becky, Your comment shows that any of us can be in need when we least expect it. You are a blessing and I am so happy you and your family are OK.

      Drbj, Your comments feel like a warm blanket in their comfort and supportiveness. You are a beautiful lady.

      Rosemary, You are such a sweetheart. Thank you for the insightful support in your remarks.

      Ruby, You have the heart of a true nurse- yesterday, today and tomorrow. You cannot help but do good in your every deed.

      LORD, Bill is no dummy in selecting you for a partner in H.O.W. I just saw the new website and it is simply beautiful in every way.

      Rich, I don't have an easy answer for your excellent points. A wise mentor once told me that we need to keep doing our best and trying as we may never know if we have made a difference at the time. Sometimes people need a reminder or something said/ written will be the impetus for personal change of mindset. I guess with that being said, I will say that it's a shame these situations still exist and it needs to be kept on the front burner. Thank you for your honesty and for being my bro. Love, M

      All of your comments are valued and appreciated. Hugs to all for a peaceful week to come, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Beautiful! From your explanation of nursing, to your nursing 'service' to your beautiful story.

      It is sad but true Rich that we need to remind our fellow man, over and over and over again, he needs to love and care for those less fortunate. This is part of the movement everyone can do, something for your neighbor!

      "This is the least we can do." How very true dear friend. You are in a position to help people every are also in a position to see man's inhumanity to man....God Bless.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and linked to my hub.

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - Really a great story about the nurse giving back. There's much to this H.O.W. concept, but I wonder why it has to be brought out for people to think about it? Isn't it simply common sense, decency, and good heartedness that should be the norm anyway? I recognize the spreading of ideas, but again, isn't that what many have already been doing? Just some thoughts, sis. Great job!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      Fabulous perspective Maria! You gave us a good side. The teaching and the social side of Nursing. Wonderfully done and great addition to our H.O.W.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Mar, I have always been proud and glad that i chose nursing, but never as much as now. You bring the spirit of nursing in a new light. There is so much we can do to help in this time of economical decline. We can offer out time to outreach clinics. I am retired but i would love to keep giving. Thank you my friend..

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Such a beautiful hub Maria. The nurses story is so inspiring, paying it forward to help, teach and inspire others. A rewarding experience.

      I am sure that the love and dedication you show your students instils in them a confidence to face the world of nursing with passion, compassion and commitment.

      I know nurses sometimes have a lot to put up with and many deserve a medal.

      We can all make a difference, 'It's up to us to decide where we want to make a difference' as you say we are all capable.

      Thank you for sharing this inspiring hub on H.O.W

      Thumbs UP

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Your closing comment, Maria, summed up the humanity and passion and tenderness and intelligence you displayed throughout this hub about H.O.W. and some of your experiences.

      "Do something that is meaningful, as often as you possibly can." That IS the very least we can all do. Thank you for the reminder. Voted Up!

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Beautiful hub. My motto has always been to help where I can, with what I can. Sometimes it has been considerable and sometimes not much. Today, it is giving to a family that was burnt out last night. Ironic that it is the very building that we just moved from, our old apartment was destroyed as well. Looks like we moved just in time.

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      8 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You have laced thi shub with so much humanity. What great lessons to be shared by you and all the other H.O.W. contributors. The first step to solving a problem is admiting there is a problem. Seems so many are aware and each in his/her way has taken a step to make the necessary course changes. Very impressive.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Mar, Thank you once again for sharing your insight and experience in Nursing and Advocacy. It is so easy to get lost in the 'Big' picture and forget there are ways to make a difference. Treating others with respect and dignity is a good start. Regards, snakeslane

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      Mike Pugh 

      8 years ago from New York City

      Powerful hub here for those in the nursing community and also for people looking to get into such a profession, which your article points out many aspects that the average person has no idea of. The emotional experiences nurses go through is as human as any, and I commend you on taking the time to add your take onto the HOW movement Bill started up.

      It goes to show that many people worldwide are already doing their parts to help humanity, and to add your true element into the mix allows Bill's efforts to become even more empowered as he tries to leverage such a voice of compassion to that of the online world, and hopefully to extend itself to that of the real world as you have already managed to be doing for decades on end I'm sure, and in your career there of nursing, I done so in many career areas as well.

      I think many people worldwide have been making intense efforts to change humanity for the better, but anything additional to help make it work much more effective is a plus indeed. Let's hope this new HOW thing works to change yet a single person for the better, and inspire many others to make real world productive changes as you spoke of here and not just typing words and all.

      Thanks for sharing this powerful article Marcoujor, I will be continuing to follow this series across the full spectrum of HP as I can manage to fit it into my already tight schedule. Thumbs up and out!

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      8 years ago

      What an insightful hub to ponder at the end of this Thanksgiving week-end! As we prepare for the Christmas holidays, thanks for the reminder to be generous and caring to those people most in need at this time as we are able!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Carol, I know I plan to visit you as I know your writing will be as beautiful as you.

      Janine, I am ridiculously overdue in a visit to your work and I apologize. I would love to bring you to a shelter to be an inspiration to the women. You are so very kind.

      Brenda, I believe 'it takes one to know one'. You are one of the most charitable women I know and I am honored to call you my friend.

      Thanks, peace and love to all, Maria

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Peggy, I know that you have been exposed to the good, the bad and the ugly in the health care system with J. Thank you for your positive and faithful approach and, mostly, thank you for being my friend.

      Martie, Oh how I missed you and would love to come to SA to meet and work with some of your nurses. I do encounter some in our profession, as in all fields, who have become bitter, burned out and are no longer able to be therapeutic. I actively encourage time some cases even a career change. Skills can typically be cannot teach passion and zeal. This comes from within to me. All of my career has been in the public sector, the community and now the classroom. People are people whether on the street or living in a mansion. Some of the kinder folks I know are on the street to be honest.

      Lizzy, Thank you for your heartfelt response. May I also tell you how much I love your beautiful avatar?

      Linda, What a cool image. I do believe my greatest responsibility is to prepare nurses for the stressors they encounter so they can be present and give their best work every day. A great part of this is to encourage nurses to take good care of themselves, including fun and relaxation.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      The nurse's story is inspiring. I long to see it repeated over and over. I do believe we can all help, we can teach a person to fish then how to clean the catch. It just takes commitment, caring and lots of love. You sure have that in spades dear Mar.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      SilverGenes, Thank you so much for being the first to stop by. As I told Bill yesterday, I have read some of the articles and will link them all through the day as I can catch up. I have learned in Nursing not to assume about anyone...people have amazing strengths, abilities and, often, untapped skills.

      Deb, I saw where we published moments apart yesterday. I am anxious to read and link your HOW contribution as I know you have a heart of gold.

      Bill, A million thanks for your dogged determination and neverending passion about not stopping until we have made a difference. You are an inspiration to me every day.

      btrbell, Having seen your beautiful comments around, I am greatly looking forward to reading and linking your HOW essay as well. Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Paula, You are truly one in a million. You make me smile and realize there are more of the good guys than bad out there.

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      What a beautiful and powerful story. Thank you so very much for sharing this here with us and will do my best to share all over and have also voted up tons!

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      How wonderful to know about all that you give. Beautifully written and very thought provoking. I think this HOW has all stirred up. Thanks for the beautiful words and beautiful thoughts from a beautiful lady.

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      Linda Crist 

      8 years ago from Central Virginia

      Maria, this is awesome. You are such a beautiful mentor for your students. Through your hard work, you are preparing soldiers for the battlefield. Some will land positions in public health, others will become home health care providers. Some will hold the hands of patients living and dying with cancer and othes will stand on the front lines of poverty and violence in Emergency Rooms around the world. What an honorable profession! Thank you for bringing your talent to Bill's project.

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is so touching, and humbling...... The story of the homeless girl who became a nurse! Your hub is very informative, and has great ideas. And I admire you for choosing this praiseworthy profession. This hub is a great addition to the H.O.W......

      Voting up and sharing.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Maria, I wish you were here to teach our existing and aspiring nurses.

      South Africa is for the past almost 20 years in a very difficult phase due to Affirmative Actions. Since 1994 only a small percentage of nurses meet your definition of nurses. (The same scenario exists in all sectors, such as teaching, law enforcement, etc.) The reason: Most people simply follow a required course because it is free, and after passing the most elementary exams, they simply work like trained chimpanzees – with no idea what they’re doing and no emotional or mental involvement – and I am talking about nurses in our state hospitals, because in private hospitals they will lose their position very quickly in accordance with the rules of the Labor Law, unfortunately after they have caused permanent and even fatal damage.

      I have very bad memories of treatment in a public hospital. Since the last time I was a helpless victim of ‘plastic nurses’, having a medical aid that will enables me to receive private medical treatment is my first priority, even if the monthly premium equals 70% of my salary. (And this is another issue: unaffordable medical aid!)

      “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” (Chinese Proverb) ~ So true, though unfortunately too many people in South Africa just don’t have the mental ability to learn… yet. I do have hope for the next generation… or maybe the next…. (… and until the fourth generation the sins of the fathers….)

      Thank you for an excellent tribute to H.O.W. I hope you’ll have a lovely Sunday after a good night’s rest.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Nurses are angels in uniforms, sweet Maria. And you are among them! What contributions they make to people's lives every day. There are so many whose faces stand out among the ones who have cared for my family members (and me) when we needed them most. What a noble profession. I loved the story you shared about changed lives. Uplifting and up all the way. Thank you for writing this and ditto to SilverGenes' comment. Love, Peg

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      BRAVO....Maria. As always your writing is amazing, your message inspiring and your love and dedication, endless. I am proud and honored to know a woman of such incredible substance.... Bless you! UP+++

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      Randi Benlulu 

      8 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This is a great hub. We cannot forget the people whoare helping and changing the world everyday! Thank you for sharing! Up+ and linking to mine!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, that is a beautiful hub, and you, my dear, are a beautiful human being. Thank you so much for being a part of this movement. I am honored to work with you to make a difference in this world.



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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Maria this is wonderful.. I am linking this to my hub. HOW adopt a family and children.. this is most awesome


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      8 years ago

      Maria, there is such passion and devotion shining through this hub! I love how you put it so simply - decide where you want to make a difference and do it. I particularly like this "Anyone who presumes that these men and women are not capable of their own unique brilliance and contribution to our society is quite out of touch." Well done! Voted up and linked.


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