Maya Angelou wrote, “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel.”
Such a quote exemplifies the unique type of work that goes in to being a nurse, as well as the reasons why we can think of nurses as heroes. In addition to the opportunity Angelou describes, here are just a few more reasons why nurses are true heroes in healthcare:
1.) They Spend the Most Time with Patients
When it comes to the health professional that a patient interacts with the most during their time at a medical facility, it is hands down a nurse.
Nurses are the ones that go the whole mile and take care of patients in the thick of all their sickness, improved condition, and of course, during the extremely difficult times in the end of one’s life and many of the stages in between. If you want to know how your loved one is doing, ask the nurse.
2.) They Keep Things Under Control
Although doctors might be the main health professionals calling the shots when it comes to the health plan of their patients, their job is made entirely possible by nurses.
Because they spend the most quality time caring for patients, nurses are the ones who know patients best when it comes to their current condition and state, thus making them an integral facet in keeping the patient’s plan of care under control.
In fact, good doctors will tell you it’s knowing that the nurses have some of the best insight in to the patient’s health status and asking for their opinion that allows them to be the best doctors for their patients.
3.) They Handle the Unsightly Stuff
Anyone with a loved one who’s a nurse knows that they can handle just about everything no matter how gruesome or gag-worthy.
But it’s not just handling the gross stuff that makes them heroes, nurses know how deal with the gross stuff unfazed and get the situation under control with grace and care for the patient’s physical and mental well-being.
4.) Their Job Qualifications are Not Easily Met
The truth is, the best nurses have met the essential qualifications for being a great nurse before ever going to school. To take on others pain and grief while working to heal their body or mind of sickness is a great responsibility that requires having a heart made for this profession.
Caring, empathy, mental and physical strength, and resolve are just a few of the qualities that a great nurse must possess in addition to their formal education, which is a lot more than most jobs require.
5.) They Don’t See Themselves as Heroes
Rarely do nurses act solely as a patient’s nurse. There’s a reason nurses have become lifelong friends with their patients, and it’s because of the impression they can leave with their compassion. However, if you ask any nurse, they’ll never claim to be a hero.
The definition of a hero is a person who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities, and we think anyone who has the courage to care for others as they would care for their own family member, saves lives for a living, and has the strength to carry out the duties required of a nurse surely qualifies as a hero.
Here’s to all of our nurses, and know you’re appreciated every day, week and month of the year.
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