Here is a rather lengthy article from theAtlantic.com. I know it is long, but it is definitely worth the time it takes to read. This writer captures exactly what it is to be a nurse, using vignettes from different specialties to do it. The author knows what nurses stand for.
Please take the time and read this article. I know it is old, it is from 1997, but the message is timeless. Nurses around the world all do the same job without any recognition or praise. Nurses do their job because they were called to help others and this is their way of doing that.
If you understand what is happening in healthcare today, please tell someone who matters about your thoughts on it. Until and unless we all voice our thoughts and worries, nothing will ever change.
Sitcoms satirize them, the media ignore them, doctors won’t listen to them, and now hospitals are laying them off, sacrificing them to corporate medicine — yet their contribution to patients and families is beyond price.
Rumplik is forty-two and has been a nurse on the unit for seven years. She stands next to the wan-looking man and begins to hang the intravenous drugs that will treat his cancer. As the solution drips through the tubing and into his vein, she sits by his side, watching to make sure that he has no adverse reaction.
“What’s she getting?” she mouths to Kiel.
Looking at the patient’s chart, Frances Kiel names a drug that has been known to cause severe allergic reactions. In that brief moment, as the two nurses confer, the woman suddenly clasps her chest. Her look of anxiety turns to terror. Her mouth opens and shuts in silent panic. Rumplik leaps up from her chair, as do Kiel and Connelly, and sprints across the room…(read the rest of this article here)