Are you in need of insipiration?….. Feeling burnt out? ….. Questioning your career choice?……?
Donna Wilk Cardillo
Nurses are the heart of healthcare.
Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!
Nursing care comes in many forms. Sometimes it is the ability to make someone feel physically comfortable by various means. Other times it is the ability to improve the body’s ability to achieve or maintain health. But often it is an uncanny yet well-honed knack to see beyond the obvious and address, in some way, the deeper needs of the human soul.
When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing.
Nursing IS one of the most demanding and laborious professions in the world. In fact, nurses make the very backbone of the healthcare industry.
To give you a better idea of what we do and we they are, let’s take a look at some well-known quotes on nursing from some well-known nurses.
The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.
I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women… no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain.
The craving for ‘the return of the day’, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light.
Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.
Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.
How very little can be done under the spirit of fear?
I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.
No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this – ‘devoted and obedient’. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me.
It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.
Nurses – one of the few blessings of being ill.
Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.
Caring is the essence of nursing.
Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring.
Donna Wilk Cardillo:
Nurses are the heart of healthcare.
It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on t of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet.
Stay motivated and inspired fellow nurses!