|SUE - a breast cancer survivor||
You might think this a self-effacing story but it isn't. This is about nurses and this being nurses week. I know, yes I am a nurse but I have also been the patient. What we would all do without the nurse that sits and listens as we unburden our heart and what would we do when we are in pain and don't know what to do next or feeling so sick and who will hold our head and our hand? I remember the day I was diagnosed like it was yesterday. A former student of mine(yes a student that I had taught) was at my side holding my hand when the doctor told me the news and I looked into her eyes and saw a tear forming. You can't teach compassion, love, and caring. You can't teach intuition and knowing what to ask or do next or what to project and what to do and say ahead of the crisis at hand. I had lots of great students but I had few great nurses. Yes, there are alot that came through my program and are still in the field but just like any profession, there are good and then there are great! I was blessed that day to have a GREAT one at my side and that knowing love and care that just holding my hand provided was more than I could have ever hoped for. Nurses are the eyes and ears for the doctors and the true cement in health care. I have been blessed to have over 40 years in this career and more than a few times I have been the patient. Thank you to all of you that have been with me through the thick and thin or just passing through my life. I appreciate your grace, your kindness, your understanding, and your care. I love what I do and have done. I have had so many wonderful opportunities as a nurse and more than my share of challenges but I wouldn't change a day of it. I am best when I am running my head off and touching peoples lives and helping whether a big experience or a little occasion. SO to all the nurses out there, I thank you as your are angels walking on earth, coming from a patient that sees both sides of the coin. Thank you for sharing your life with me as your nurse and thank you for letting me help you.