Readers Say Thanks
Thank you for noticing
I’d like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all of the patients, and patient family members, that have ever taken the time and effort to write their nurse a gratitude note. Thank you especially to those that have made that extra effort to remember the names of each of their nurses in these notes. We work hard, day in and day out to help care for patients of all ages and all diagnoses — from the RSV positive two-week-old to the severely septic 96 -year-old. We endure 12 to 13 hour shifts on our feet, going from room to room, attempting to keep our patients comfortable and stable, often times sacrificing our own needs in the process. We help one family grieve over the imminent death of their mother and cheer on another patient as he learns to walk with a new hip. We laugh, cry, and sometimes do both with our patients. The caregiving, along with the seemingly endless charting requirements, can make this job very emotionally, physically, and mentally draining. But why do we do it? We don’t do it for accolades or because we expect a thank you. We certainly don’t do it for a paycheck. We do it because we want to, because we actually care, because we want to share our gifts of encouragement, servanthood and compassion, to those that need it most. The only reason we keep coming back, shift after shift, through the good and through the very bad, is to see you get better, and to help get you through the difficult times. But we are only human and have tough days ourselves, though we may not show it. Your note may have been the note that has gotten us through a tough day. It is one of the best feelings in the world to know that you are appreciated. It really does help keep us going. So again, thank you for taking the time and effort to show us caregivers that you care. Your gratefulness will forever be remembered.
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