12 Reasons Why I Love Nurses and their Profession

I seriously thought I always wanted to be a nurse since I was a very little girl. My Mama was a registered nurse and so was my sister, Mary Ann. My Ob-Gyn Daddy thought it’d be fine to have more medical people in our family, so he encouraged it. In high school, I was invited to observe a simple medical procedure. There was a little blood there, but I thought I was handling everything fine. That is until my Daddy and the attending nurse told me to sit down quick and put my head between my legs. Unbeknownst to me, my face had turned the color of the white sheet on the examining table, just short of a blackout, and that ended my dreams to be a nurse. I am glad I chose Elementary and Middle Education after that incident, because being a teacher has been a highlight in my life.

Did you know?  Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was the founder of modern nursing and more than 59,000 American nurses served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.  During the years of 1943-1948, the U.S. government provided free education to all nursing students.

“Always thank your nurse. Sometimes they’re the only one between you and a hearse.” Warren Beatty, American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director (1937- )

3 generations of R.N.s…l to r, my sis, Mary Ann, her daughter, Amy, and my Mama, Polly Shivers Walker, Amy’s GoodMama
We are so proud of our daughter-in-law, Jessica and her diligence in graduating from the Auburn University Nursing School, in May 2014, passing her difficult boards one week before marrying our son, in June 2014, and landing her first job in St. Louis where Walker is continuing his education at SLU. Jess is working on a post-op thoracic surgery floor and though she finds the work very difficult, she tells us that she loves it and is learning so much at the Barnes-Jewish teaching hospital.

“What is a nurse? To go above and beyond the call of duty. The first to work and the last to leave. The heart and soul of caring.” Anonymous

Mama, far right with her nursing school classmates.

In addition to my Mama and my sister, Mary Ann, I am proud to know all of the Registered Nurses in my life…girlfriends, Kelly, Penny, Sara, Sandy, Trish, Kathy, Pendy, Cindy, Marie, Karen, Mary, Paula, and Stefanie, two of our sister-in-laws, Kellie & Lisa, our daughter-in-law, Jessica, our two nieces, Amy and Rachael, many of our friends’ children Abigail, Brittany, Meghan, Lauren, and more.

“When you are a nurse, you know that EVERY day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” Anonymous

Following are twelve reasons why I love nurses and the nursing profession:

(1) Nurses are patient, compassionate, and have a servant’s heart.

(2) Nurses are a great asset to their families and make wonderful friends. They are the first ones to help when there is an accident and they offer TLC when it is needed.

(3) Nurses have a remarkable work ethic.  Most hospital shifts are 12 hours long and a nurse is on his/her feet for much of the 12 hour shift. Many nurses find themselves working well beyond the 12 hour shift in order to finish all of their work.

(4) Nurses are smart and knowledgeable.

(5) Nurses can work in a wide variety of capacities. Many of my friends are nurses and some of their jobs have included being a school nurse, a wound-care nurse, a research vaccination nurse, a health department nurse, and a flight nurse, just to name a few. Nursing also offers much advancement in the field, such as the career path chosen by our friends,  Karen and Malorie, who are Nurse Anesthetists.

In addition, Nurses make a priceless addition to a medical mission team.

(6) A nurse is not an alarmist.  Nurses bring a calmness to stressful circumstances.

(7) Nurses are highly skilled and efficient.  They are well-trained and prepared to start an IV, administer meds, or give a shot.

(8) Nurses are thoughtful and loving.  In a medical situation, fearful patients are encouraged by the kindness of their R.N.

(9) Nurses mourn with patients and the family members of patients. November of last year our family was preparing to accept the news that it was time for our Daddy to be moved to Hospice and the nurse wept with my sisters and me.

(10) Nurses are perceptive.  People who are ill don’t always know what they need. Good nurses think ahead and look out for the best interest of their patients, knowing what will best bring comfort to their patients.

(11) Nurses help us care for our critically ill loved ones and our aging parents.

(12) Nurses model how we can be caring towards our own loved ones.  When our son-in-law became ill with the flu over Thanksgiving, his wife, Leah, who works in marketing was a loving caretaker for him.

Nurses are resourceful, too. Check out this creative Christmas tree made of latex surgical gloves!

Pass this to the NURSES in your life to show them your appreciation.

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