Don't Curse the Nurse!

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A Nursing Reminder For Myself

on October 6, 2013

If you dress that wound with surgical precision, but you are mute to the person lying below you, can you say that you care?

 If you can map even the smallest veins and channel in saline, but you don’t flinch, even a little, when the patient does, have you reduced them to inanimate objects for you to master with your nursing skills?

When they are trying to make eye contact and tentatively mumbling their anxieties, step away from the computer and grab their hand. Let your guard down, be human, be kind, and be in the moment. 

No matter how many layers we have, fear strips all of us.

Most of the time, all the patient wants is to not feel alone.

2 responses to “A Nursing Reminder For Myself

  1. Sachi says:

    I love this! A lot of us tends to forget about “being human” as we grow old in the field. It counts to be reminded of the true essence of nursing once in a while. 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    It’s one of the reasons I’m psyched to see a nurse (you) taking steps toward the role of physician. You’ve had thousands of those moments when you stopped and just listened. You are going to be better than the average doctor!

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