There are no shortage of unsung heroes in our society, and this week, May 6-12, 2015, we’ve got the opportunity to celebrate such a group with National Nurses Week. Nurses are the calm in the midst of chaos, the solid voice of reason in the face fear, at the frontlines going the distance with their patients. There are moments that have branded themselves on our hearts forever, like this image of nurses grieving after an especially heartbreaking night in labor and delivery, or experiences of our own. We hope you’ll consider this an interactive post and take the time to pop by the comments and share your tales of appreciation below.
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There are times when we cross paths with people at the right time in the right moment and those interactions stick with us for the rest of our tomorrows. That’s how I feel when I think about the nurse that saw us through the craziness that was the result of going from a healthy, “boring” pregnancy to being high risk in the space of a week. It’s incredible to realize we knew her for less than 24-hours, but we will never forget her.
After a day that included a stress test and then the plan to go to the hospital for further monitoring of my blood pressure I still thought – probably naively – I’d be heading home at the end of the day; the doc said I could very well be back at work on Monday, after all. That wasn’t to be, and as we settled into the delivery room, four weeks before our due date, our families urgently gathering, I felt scared, confused…lied to. In hindsight I know what I was told earlier in the day was all meant to help keep this first-time mama calm. With all those feelings chasing each other, imagine the breath of fresh air that was our primary nurse, Sara Bailey. This nurse, you guys…She got us through that night. She told it to us straight. She drew us pictures, wrote out timelines, patiently walked us through scenarios because after living a week of not really understanding, we needed to know what we were up against – what we could reasonably expect. She was with us all night, her shift was ending, yet she stayed on and saw us through the birth of our girl. Having her calm, supportive presence was invaluable. We did send her a thank you note after we’d settled into our new family mode, but I’m thrilled to once again be able to say: Thank you, Sara for being such an incredible presence for us that night and morning – we’ll remember you forever, we’ll brag on you always.
Beyond Sara, I’m so fortunate to know a number of absolutely incredible nurses – thank you, all of you, for all you do for so many. Happy Nurses Week!
Before you mosey on down to the comments to share your tales of appreciation, we’ll leave you with this quote:
“Definition of a nurse: To go above and beyond the call of duty. The first to work and the last to leave. The heart and soul of caring. A unique soul who will pass thru your life for a minute and impact it for an eternity. An empowered individual whom you may meet for a 12-hour period, but who will put you and yours above theirs.” –Unknown