A while back I decided to see if I could encourage some readers to answer a few questions about their experiences as nurses in the lead up to International Nurses Week (from May 6th-12th).
The response was fantastic. There were a total of 40 nurses (and 1 dog) that made a contribution, and I would like to give them a super-large thank you for taking the time to sit down and share their personal stories with us… and for making this little project such a success. I have absolutely loved reading them.
From Texas to Tasmania, from undergrad to way-way-overgrad we have been able to take a brief, but surprisingly deep peek at the lives of some remarkable people.
I guess that would be the take home message here really. Every day in the life of a nurse is powerful. Our work each shift, has a profound and lasting impact on those we are caring for. Everything you do from CPR, to making conversation whilst you draw blood, to turning a patient, crackles with potential to change the lives of those you touch. Potential that radiates outwards affecting many many others.
These stories are testimony to this.
But because it is every day, day after day….we tend to become anaesthetised to just how remarkable what we do is. Think about that.
And then think about this:
What we do, is who we are.
You can read back over the entire Book of Nurses here.