( This will be my last nurse week post I promise more kiddie posts soon!)
Am I a waitress or a nurse? Well the answer is that we are many things in the eyes of our patients. Sometimes we are a waitress, sometimes a housekeeper, and sometimes we wish we could be their bartender. As nurses we are so much more than medication pushers. We offer a warm smile, a friendly face when they are scared. We also monitor vital signs,respiratory status. We keep I.V. sites patent, because let’s face it, there are no other options for a site, so this one has to last! We calculate heparin drips to keep them alive and safe, we notify the physician of any status changes. Even though we are nurses, we are more than that in the eyes of our patients.For the patient that we sit and watch the BIG GAME WITH because he doesn’t have any family to visit him, we are his angels, his support system. When we return to his room after checking on out other patients briefly, he smiles and says ” What took you so long.” He has now become our angel. We learn how to perfectly position our patients to limit pain with an extensive decubitus on their bottom, because the other way hurts just a little too much. To the patient who will soon meet the lord, and the family just hasn’t made it to the hospital in time, we hold her hand and tell her that we love her and her family loves her, and that it is okay to let go. To that patient, we are serenity, peace and comfort. As you see, we as nurses are so many things. If you find yourself asking the question “am I just a waitress” Remember a waitress can’t be a nurse, but you are a nurse that wears many hats. Being a nurse is the greatest blessing that god has given you, because you are so much more to our patients, and for that I am truly thankful!
” They may never forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou