Happy Nurse’s Week!
Many people go to work, do their job, complete menial tasks, physically exert themselves, get in their car, go home from work and turn it off. They walk away from what they do and go about their lives.
You nurses… you do it all. You have to be sharp and on your toes at all times. You have to be a detective looking for signs and putting together puzzle pieces. Your job is physically demanding. You pour your heart into your patients and you emotionally invest. You work 12+ hour shifts. And then you’re expected to go home after those 12 hours and be physically and emotionally available to your families. That’s a gift… that’s a super power.
In my 19 days in the labor and delivery ward at North Kansas City Hospital I didn’t meet a bad nurse. And based on my experience there, I’ve come to the realization that you are way more than a nurse.
- You were my advocate when I didn’t want the doctor to check me.
- You were my calm when life felt like chaos.
- You were compassion when I was hurting.
- You brought me a “long-term” bed that was SO much more comfortable than a labor bed.
- You put on my freaking compression socks…. which is darn near a cardio workout.
- You brought me DVDs, snacks and drinks. You even made sandwiches and toast.
- You encouraged me when I felt like I couldn’t do it.
- You put a bed pan under me and helped me lift my big ole pregnant body on it when I was on magnesium sulfate and restricted to the bed. (And you moms know how frequently a pregnant lady pees).
- When I was alone you were my friend. You came in and talked to me about life, about my unborn babies, the best Netflix shows to watch.
- You brought me a mini-fridge for our Thanksgiving leftovers.
- You shared your Thanksgiving with my family.
- You brought me Black Friday ads, even though there was no way I’d be Black Friday shopping.
- You helped me get out of bed, walk the halls, and walk to the bathroom.
- When I was getting cabin fever you convinced the doctor to let me take a wheel chair ride down to the cafeteria.
- When I so badly wanted to sit in a tub of water and feel weightless you made it happen, despite a doctor discouraging it, and despite the Mother and Baby unit that possessed such tub… because “it is only for postnatal mothers”.
- When I wanted to go outside and sit in the courtyard after being trapped in the same room for 18 days you brought me a wheelchair and warmed blankets.
- You cried with me.
- You were going to coordinate a time for my dog to visit me in the hospital because I missed her like crazy.
- You woke me up in the middle of the night because you had to… but you did it in the kindest way and left all of the lights off. (They can do their job in the dark, people.)
- On day 19 when the doctor told me he would let me go 14 more days before he’d induce labor, I lost my cool at the idea of being there for 14 more days. You made me a paper chain with 14 links that each of the night shift people decorated.
- You got excited for me when I thought my water broke.
- You held me when my epidural was placed (3 freaking times… and listened to my swear words without taking it personal).
- You cheered me on during labor.
- You rejoiced with me on the happiest day of my life.
- You were my birth photographer.
- You helped me navigate self care of a postnatal body.
- You held my babies before they sent us up to the Mother and Baby ward.
- You came back to Mother and Baby for a visit several times before we left the hospital.
- You made little shirts for the twins as a gift. (You were my nurse and you gave ME a gift? You’re the one that deserves the gifts)
You do it all. You are so much more than a nurse. You invest in people. You have a heart to serve and you do it because you have a passion for it. You get your hands dirty and deal with grumpy patients but you still come in with a smile and a snack.
You are my HERO.
Thank you for all you do.
If more people had the heart of a nurse, I think we’d live in a much peaceful world.
(My first trip out of my room and to the cafeteria with my mom)