Sunday, May 06, 2012

Happy Nurses' Week

As I rounded this morning, I overhead a conversation between a nurse and a patient.
He was hungry, but too weak and unsteady to feed himself.
Though she had numerous things to attend to, this nurse gently assured the patient that she would help feed him breakfast.
A few floors down, I saw a patient who was doing poorly in the surgical ICU. Her family was close to withdrawing care for her. And in that room was a nurse, who held her daughter's hand, and offered to call the chaplain, and other family members for support.
Thank goodness for nurses. They are such a vital part of any healthcare system, and do so much more than what doctors often give them credit for.
Happy Nurses' Week!