Somewhere There is a Nurse

Somewhere, there is a nurse. She left her family in the early hours of the morning, and came to take care of mine. She has been on her feet since before I was awake, and she will keep working tirelessly until the end of her day… even if that means working throughout the night. After rounds of patients and charts and fickle computer systems, she will finally go home to those she loves, only to come back tomorrow to do it all again.

She will not only comfort her patients with words and kindness, but she will comfort with confidence – a trust in herself. The trust that she has in ability of her own hands to bring healing.

She isn’t just the hospital badge or the scrubs or the lace up shoes. She isn’t just the person that brings the medicine or checks blood pressures or takes a temperature. She is more than the doctor’s extra hands or the person in charge of the charts.

She is a daughter – a friend – a wife – a mother. She is a person. And she matters.

After a short but scary stay in the hospital this week, I cannot help but feel the need to say, “Thank you.” Thank you to each woman who walked into my room and cared for me like I was your only patient. Thank you to each woman who listened to what I was saying, and even more closely to what I wasn’t saying. Thank you to each woman who stayed up all night monitoring my health and the health of my unborn baby. Thank you to each woman who worked throughout the day to help me fight for one more day of pregnancy with a baby trying to come early.

Thank you for your help. Thank you for your hands. But most importantly, thank you for your heart.

There are so many like you. There are so many men and women who sacrifice time with their families to take care of strangers as if they were their own. There are so many thankless, tireless hours spent pouring out care and concern and compassion into the lives of others. And there are far too few who will take a minute to look back and say, “Thank you. You made a difference in my life.”

I know that you wouldn’t do this if you didn’t want to make a difference. I know that you wouldn’t bother to come back one more day if you didn’t truly care. It is your heart that drives you. It is your love for your patients and your work that keeps you going.

So, if I can just take a second here, I’d like to stop and say, “I appreciate you.”

Thank you to the young wife who spent your night at the hospital instead of at home with your new husband. Your care didn’t go unnoticed. Your kindness shouldn’t go unmentioned. Your presence brought me peace.

To the young momma with two little children of your own, I am sure that you missed your precious little ones even more as we discussed mine. I am sure that you would have preferred to make them breakfast or spent time with them today instead of me. I am sure you think about all the moments that you miss. But I’m thankful for each one of them that you sacrificed to care for me. They were each appreciated. I will treat them like a gift.

Thank you to the pregnant woman on your feet all day – who didn’t complain about the size of your belly or the ache of your back or the swelling of your ankles, but who simply continued to pour out endless amounts care – continual concern – and limitless compassion. Your strength is admirable.

To the nurse in training, or the nurse who is training, to the nurse in her first years, or the nurse in her last, to the nurse who is just starting her shift or the nurse at the end of it, to the nurse who wonders if she’s making a difference, or the nurse who just needs to be reminded…

I would love the honor of reminding you that you matter. You are seen. You are valuable. And you are so very appreciated. Somewhere, there is a nurse, and I just wanted to take a minute to say, “Thank you.”


 

 

 

Note: While I write for an audience made up primarily of women, I know that there are so many wonderful men who are also a part of the nursing community. I am just as grateful for your hearts and hands as well. Thank you for all you do!

Comments

  • Emmy says:

    What a nice post. I’m so glad to hear everything is ok, you and your baby will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Hannah says:

    This is so beautiful! One of my very best friends is a nurse. Hope you are feeling better!

  • Thank you for being such an inspiration! You are a beautiful person on the inside and out! You are sharing such love and encouragement to so many people through the internet, and I hope you know that what you are doing is worth it! THANK YOU.

  • Laurel says:

    I, too, felt this way after spending several days in the hospital following the birth of my baby girl. Nurses GIVE so much — more than is just apparent on the surface, more than just their usual tasks. Beautifully said. Thank you for expressing it.

  • Emily S says:

    As a pregnant nurse I want to say thank you. It physically hurts how hard nurses work and how little we are appreciated much of the time. I didn’t realize how much my nurse heart was hurting until your post made me start crying. It’s nice to hear thank you when you’re emotionally and physically exhausted. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write this. All the best to you, your baby, and the rest of your family.

  • Heather says:

    I am a licensed nurse and this made me tear up. Thank you for this! Touches my heart :)

  • Annabelle says:

    THANK YOU for writing and sharing this blog. I am the new wife nurse you wrote about. Your words encouraged me and brought life to
    me. Nursing can be a very thankless job. We are so very used to
    caring for others, meanwhile thinking, worrying, and praying for our own family. Many times I feel guilty when I am physically and mentally unable to provide even the most basic of compassion and
    care to my family, because I have nothing left to give. I must always return to the Jesus so He can keep filling my cup.
    Thank you for recognizing nurses. Your appreciation means more to us, to me, than you know!

  • Missy says:

    Praying for you and your precious baby! Thank you so much for your blog, it is always a blessing to me.

  • Marisa says:

    Thank you. In a thankless profession those words mean more than you could ever know.

  • Tiffany says:

    What a beautiful post. I’m glad you and baby are ok and will be in my prayers. Thank you for such kind words about your stay. As a nurse, we tend to let the bad experiences stand out and don’t hear thank you enough.

  • garysgirl says:

    Loved this post! I’m so sorry about your recent hospital stay. I hope your baby and pregnancy continue along just fine. After I had to have my gall bladder removed last year, I was so upset and frustrated (had to have friends watch my 2 precious little ones so my hubby could stay with me) & my nurses were SO sweet & really helped me feel better & more calm. They are definitely not appreciated enough or talked highly enough about. There are some amazing ones out there that definitely deserve our thanks and admiration!

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