The world of nursing can be exciting at times. ER nurses sometimes come across the kind of excitement you see on TV. There are times when he or she is the first one to assist in a life threatening situation. However, the vast majority of what they do is not exciting at all.
A lot of nursing wok can be tedious and boring. However, a truly exceptional nurse knows that their value is not measured in their specific, trained skills, but instead in the compassion and heart they bring to their work day in and day out.
Even when that compassion leads them to take on tasks that seem trivial or unimportant.
A beautifully written article in the Huffington Post illustrates how the real work of nursing is in sacrificing your comfort to provide comfort to the patients you care for, even when it means taking on tasks that you could pass on to a nursing assistant.
Whitney Koenig writes in her article, "Reflections of a Nurse: The Little Things Matter"
"You're going to spend the majority of your working life doing things you SO mistakenly think are beneath you. You are going to pass trays with a smile -- excitement even, when your patient finally gets to try clear liquids. You will even open the milk and butter the toast and cut the meat. You will feed full-grown adults from those trays, bite by tedious, hard to swallow bite."
Nurses who take pride in doing the little tasks with great love are the people patients will remember for the rest of their lives. If you are a healthcare professional who wants to find a job in a healthcare setting that values compassion, please contact us. We would love to let you know about job openings.
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