Thursday, September 17, 2015

Is Being a Nurse a "Talent"?

There have been some comments in the media lately concerning the profession of nursing and whether or not it is considered a "talent".  Anyone who would ever question this has clearly been healthy enough to not have medical needs that would require one to spend a lot of time around nurses.

They have not just recieved a diagnosis for their child and been comforted by a nurse.

They have not had a nurse carefully explain what all the numbers on a screen mean about your child.

They have not had a nurse run to your child's room because an alarm is blaring.

They have not had a nurse fight against doctors because they KNOW your baby needs more pain medications.

They have not left their baby's side for a night because a nurse you know and trust reassures you that they will stand by and keep your child safe.

They have not had a nurse run through every floor of the hospital looking for THAT mobile because that was the one she liked last time.

They have not had a nurse make them laugh when they needed it the most.

They have not had a nurse track down the laundry to find a precious blanket that was not meant to be taken.

They have not come home from the hospital to find a stranger sitting on their steps. A stanger who is there to help, care, and keep your baby safe. A stranger who will come into your home to do these things. Yes, a nurse.

All these things and more have been done for my and my family, by a nurse. If that is not enough talent for you, try waiting while someone tries to get an IV started in your tiny baby. Getting it on the first try, now THAT is talent.

I cannot thank the nurses in my life enough. They have had such an amazing impact on my life; I have a difficult time putting it into words. From the nurses who helped us in the NICU, to the nurses on the CVCC floor (Heidi and Carissa- if this every reaches you- I am so VERY grateful for you both!), to the nurses who see us in the clinic, to the nurses we have had in our home, to the nurses I have in my family. I believe nurses have the greatest talent of all- they give us hope. They give us something to hang on to. They give us comfort.

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