The American Nurses Association’s stated theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is “Strength, Commitment and Compassion.” In recognition of Nurses Week, May 6-12, I would like to share with the public how nurses uphold these values.
Nurses have the strength to support patients during illness, surgery and health. Nurses skillfully utilize knowledge, experience and compassion in their tasks to comfort, teach and assist patients in all aspects of health care. Nurses have the strength to start an IV, give medication despite all of its side effects, and manage complications that may arise. Nurses learn to quickly recognize when a patient is not doing so well and act accordingly.
Countless hours are committed to communicating with insurance companies to obtain medication and procedure coverage. Nurses are committed to assisting patients with prescribed treatments, therapies and procedures to maximize outcomes and to minimize adverse effects. Patients are assisted with whatever their problems are because we recognize that holistic health care is vital to their well-being.
Nurses are compassionate and do not judge people. We understand that everyone’s circumstances are unique, and we help in whatever way we can. We treat people as we would like to be treated, with respect and dignity. From the young to the elderly, patients can expect their nurse to be caring, kind and empathetic.
In honor of the birth of Florence Nightingale, May 12 is Nurses Day, I would like to say, “Great job, fellow nurses, I’m proud to be one of you.”
Lisa Hodgkins, RN, OCN, Rumford Hospital