Four Reasons to Love your Nurses

There are hundreds of reasons to thank our nurses every day, and not just for National #NursesWeek. Nurses are on the front lines and are often the first to meet our patients. We rely on them to be efficient, brilliant and caring – all at the same time.

 

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Here are our Top Four Reasons to Love Nurses:

 

  • They are caretakers – Most nurses enter the nursing profession, not because it is glamorous or pays well, but because they truly compassionate. They want to help sick people get well, but they also want to help doctors to do their job as best they can. Nurses go the extra mile after our patients when we can’t always be there.
  • They are educators – In his book, “Kill as Few Patients as Possible,” Dr. Oscar London explains that “working with a good nurse is one of the great joys of being a doctor. I cannot understand physicians who adopt an adversarial relationship with nurses. They are depriving themselves of an education in hospital wisdom.” Nursing school is not easy, and, just like medical school, it takes a smart and driven person to succeed. Through their broad range of experiences and close contact with patients, nurses have a lot to teach both doctors and almost-doctors.
  • They listen – Usually, our patients’ first interactions are with our nurses. Whether someone walks in with a gunshot wound or a stomachache, it’s a nurse who will assess them for the best standard of care, and most importantly, listen to their story to find out what they need in that moment. Nurses manage countless responsibilities and help patients through some of the worst times of their lives.
  • They protect – Let’s be honest, nurses save our butts every day. Because they are there for long shifts, day in and day out, nurses get to know the patients in a way that many doctors just aren’t able to, no matter how much they genuinely care about their patients. That means that the nurses are there when a patient rings the call bell, when a medication needs to be given, or to keep an eye out for adverse events, like deconditioning. Often nurses are the first to notice when something is wrong and can sound the alarm, saving lives and preventing disaster.

For all these reasons, thank a nurse, today and every day, for all their help and contributions to the medical profession.

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By Laurie Breen | Image Sources: One and Two

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Laurie Breen

Laurie Breen is a freelance writer well-versed in research communications and grant writing. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Smith College and has worked previously at the University of Queensland's Centre for Clinical Research in Brisbane, Australia. Her favorite conversational topic is "antibiotic-resistant bacteria," making her a big hit at parties.