Allow me to repost this musings from a reader named KATE. She is a grade-school teacher in the US. She was once a patient herself and she is sharing her insights about the nursing profession. I copy-pasted this from the comment thread of my previous post How Do I Stay Focused. I thought I’ll make it as a separate post for everyone passing by to read. I asked her permission to have it reposted, and she was happy for me to do it.
KATE runs her site too - Recommended Daily Dose. Check her site out.
Thanks Kate, for making nurses feel good today.
Yes, nurses have to multi-task…anyone in the medical profession. I’m sure I’ve told you this MANY times but when I was in the hospital (having Finn and then fighting for my life after nectratizing pancreatitis) nurses saved my life. I had a couple bad nurses (very few) and I had so many amazing ones that really made my life so much better. I don’t know how you do it…but after watching them for awhile I know that nurses are another profession that doesn’t get paid near enough. In my experience male nurses are A-MAZ-ING because it’s not a traditional “male” job…so when guys make that choice they really know that’s what their meant to do.
I had nurses who (after a major screw-up) were the only reason I got into the correct procedure because they called down to bug them every 5 minutes…because mostly they’re just sitting on their butts not doing anything. I say this in total sarcasm…I don’t know how they have a minute to take a breath, much less call to check on a procedure for ONE of their patients. When I finally got out of the hospital, they informed me that they better never see me again.
When I was admitted into the hospital they told me I would be out in 2-3 days. A week later they moved me into the ICU and I had my first male nurse. He had me laughing none stop. My mom told me that was the first time she knew I was going to make it, when she heard me laughing.
When I was delivering Finn (I was induced) the doctor would come in and tell me what he wanted to do and then we asked the nurse what she thought. I think it annoyed the doctor, but the nurse had been with us every moment…and I trusted her view way more than the doctor’s.
I know this is all over the place…and now that I’m taking some classes in the medical field (not nursing or anything…I’m not a saint like that…really bad under pressure and all that…more administration and business part) and I have WAY more respect for nurses…even though I didn’t think that was possible. This stuff is NO JOKE and I know that your classes are about a MILLION times harder than what I’m taking PLUS you have to deal with ornery patients and doctors that don’t appreciate you as much as they should.
Mainly what I’m saying is that I am SO grateful for what you do each day and if people don’t stop and say thanks enough…please know that’s what’s in their hearts. Good nurses (and I know you’re not good…but great…I can tell) are angels sent from heaven.