I remain in nursing because…
Twelve to fourteen hours have passed since I was home with my loved ones…my feet tired and mind ready to rest, I walk through my front door. Certain days are harder than others, but one thing I have learned on my nursing journey is that I am privileged each day I work to make sincere contributions to the care of my patients and their loved ones’ lives. Some days it can be easy to feel lost as to “why” our patients choose to go through such intense treatments.
Recently, I exchanged a sacred moment with a patient’s daughter that left my heart feeling beyond grateful for the gifts I have been blessed with in order to provide others with an extended gift of life. It was at this moment with this sweet 10-year-old girl that I learned her father’s “why”. She was full of life and I knew he was fighting to spend as much time with her as possible. This powerful experience inspired me and left a mark on my heart.
Moments pass us by without a thought during certain times in our lives. What I have come to realize is that we are given the gift to bless others with extended moments they may not have otherwise had the pleasure of experiencing.
Moments to remember…
…holding a loved one’s hand
…breathing in the tenderness of a child’s snuggle
…taking in a beautiful sunrise or sunset
…laughing with a kindred soul
…celebrating a birthday or anniversary with a special someone
…feeling a soft breeze brush across our skin
…being mindful of a moment with no pain and only love
…taking in a first moment with a child or grandchild
…reading a bedtime story to a young sweet soul
…dining with a dear companion
…watching the earth come alive in springtime
…worshipping a spiritual connection
That precious young girl lost her father and I still think of her to this day. I learned a great lesson that day while chatting with her and have felt inspired to learn my patients’ “why” ever since. Learning a patient’s special “why” allows me to support them fully on their journey.
It is during the moment when one feels overwhelmed that one should remember how blessed we as nurses are to have the gifts to allow happiness to enter another’s life. I believe the gifts we are able to provide for others are beyond measurable.
I remember this when I go home feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and it makes those tired feet more tolerable.
I would like to thank each and every one of my fellow nurses for your commitment to providing others with a life filled with precious moments. It is in each of these moments that we celebrate the preciousness of life.
May we all remember how much love and power we hold in the precious moments we show up in our careers and daily lives. I truly cannot think of a greater gift to bring to another’s life.