Did your employer remember you today? Mine didn’t. Which is no big deal, really – in the past decade, I can’t remember an employer who actually did. One of my employers said they wouldn’t recognize the nurses on that day because then they’d be ignoring the rest of the team who contribute just as much. Other employers just look at you with a blank stare and say, “Oh, is today Nurse’s Day?”.
Ah well – – we know what we do, don’t we? We don’t need no stinkin’ recognition!
I have a plaque that hangs on my wall in my office that says:
Being a nurse means . . .
You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
You will be surrounded by challenges.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility
and very little authority.
You will step into people’s lives
and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst –
and at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
at people’s capacity for
love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin – and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
and devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
and to be humane.
For all of you out there – – thank you for all that you do.