One of the most valuable groups of people we have are those that we call nurses. Where would society be without them? Last week was National Nurses Day and it made me think about all the wonderful nurses we have in our lives.
One of the biggest blessings of my life was that my best friend since I was 14 years old grew up and became a nurse. In 2013 when I was diagnosed with cancer, I asked her to fly in to be with me during surgery and the days following to be my advocate. I knew she understood all the medical speak and numbers on the machines and she could look out for my best interest. Not that I didn’t feel I was in good hands at MD Anderson Cancer Center…I mean c’mon…..the best cancer center in this part of the world! But it was for me to feel secure and safe during a very scary time.
I really believe that being a nurse is a calling. You have to have compassion for people in general and be smart as a whip to pass all those anatomy tests and beyond. What a remarkable thing to do with your life. You have a purpose and meaning and you are doing something that matters. You have the opportunity to change or save someone’s life.
To all the nurses that are reading this, THANK YOU for your dedication and service. We appreciate all that you do for each patient you come in contact with. It can be a draining and demanding career field and I am sure there are times you are exhausted and overwhelmed. Please don’t grow weary in well doing. We need you. Sometimes you help us more than the doctors do! Remember you are the hands of Jesus in someone’s life today. And that is worth something! We love you nurses!