Nurse Spin

2swirlI’ve tried to reel myself in on the best of what I know that would be helpful to nurses today. I struggle with this because of my contorted view of nursing. I am grateful and proud to have been trained and to have enjoyed a paid career as a nurse,in my case a registered nurse. I am keenly aware of a clear hierarchy within and outside of the nursing profession. Within our ranks in the U.S. we have licensed practical nurses, two year or associate degree nurses, diploma grads, four year or baccalaureate degrees, advanced degrees of which Masters(MSN or other types of masters in Healthcare or business) and/or advanced practice, nurse practitioners NPs)are common place. Doctorate level degrees are in demand often for top administrative and teaching roles. Within the ranks are many messages that are meant to elevate the profession but often with the reminder, you are not enough unless……

Outside, but just a curtain away, the focus on “nursing” really is a source of distaste for some allied health professionals and other health staff. Think of all the front line people dealing directly with patients and their families. They are called non-patient or support staff, (in government currently referred to as non-essential). I can attest to being labelled as NON even in an award is insulting.(But that’s entirely another story)

The first nurse that left an indelible mark on me was my mother. Though not a paid professional, she knew our bodies, personalities and developmental achievements. She instinctively recognized emergency from urgency or what to watch and monitor. She paid attention to location, size, texture. She was smart and action oriented. She admired and loved cousin Kathy, a nurse and recognized nursing as an honorable profession that was always needed and provided the flexibility of having a family. She was the strongest influence in my going into the field.

What was once the simplicity of patient-nurse and doctor when needed or available has grown to include other caregivers like social workers, spiritual care, dieticians, rehabilitation and respiratory therapists, radiology and lab technicians, navigators and advocates. We have multidisciplinary teams with nurses and other health professionals too.’Lift Team’, CPR team, IV teams, for example. So Nurses can get on the last nerve, the true Nth degree for many.

My heart tells me that Nursing is inclusive and not totally unique. It is a skill set, a knowledge base of science and evidence most certainly. It is a vocation calling those with willingness and ability to care for others. In spite of or in addition to the brilliance that technology now provides I believe that Nursing as an ART must be recognized, nurtured, celebrated and shared.

 

5 thoughts on “Nurse Spin

  1. Katie

    Its always been so beautiful how a nurse can affect our hearts – even when its a long way from the wound he or she is caring for. Just this week, a hospital patient was lying in bed, post-op without a bra. Lacking humility. And feeling uncomfortable. After hours – her nurse went shopping. That bra gave her patient comfort. The nurses’ act of kindness gave her glitter on her angel wings. The circle of life is complete with the love and care our nurses share.

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  2. Josie Two Shoes

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment, Michele. It is always fun to meet a new fellow-blogger. My daughter, nearing 40, is an RN at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and speaks much to the same issues you do here. I will always believe that nursing, at any level, but particularly in direct patient care in some form, is a calling, a vocation rather than a “job”, just as is teaching. I know first hand how hard it is, and how heart-rending at times, and yet, a good nurse can and does make all the difference for a patient at the most vulnerable time in their lives. I can attest to this… the great ones and the not so great ones!

    Seeing that you like to do some creative writing, drop by my blog again and check out the Two Shoes Tuesday and Six Sentence Stories tabs at the top of the page, they are fun places to share your work in a positive, encouraging circle. Would love to have you join us there! šŸ™‚

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    1. Michele Wood Post author

      Hi Josie,
      How great to meet you via this amazing place of widespread
      information exchange. Iā€™m very excited to be invited back, which I fully intend. The Seven Sentence Stories are so intriguing, I knew I must avoid at first glance due to time constraint. I suspect your site deserves savoring. Nursing is a great career that attracts all kinds of people. I want to foster more peace and harmony within nurses individually and as groups. Are you also the creator of the images on your site? They are very beautiful. Be well, new friend.

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  3. Michele Wood Post author

    Hi Josie,
    How great to meet you via this amazing place of widespread
    information exchange. I’m very excited to be invited back, which I fully intend. The Seven Sentence Stories are so intriguing, I knew I must avoid at first glance due to time constraint. I suspect your site deserves savoring. Nursing is a great career that attracts all kinds of people. I want to foster more peace and harmony within nurses individually and as groups. Are you also the creator of the images on your site? They are very beautiful. Be well, new friend.

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  4. Michele Wood Post author

    Thanks Sam. Seeing your thread, might I suggest checking out “Why Swing Sets”. I hope you keep checking in. Michele

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