I had a conversation with my brother Yves a week ago and I was telling him how tired and uncompensated I am at work. All he said was this: “Ayaw mo non? Nakakatulong ka sa ibang tao?” (Don’t you like that? You get to help other people?)

I was like: Damn, he’s right. I mean this brother of mine is not someone who presents the brightest of ideas but this time, he’s frankly right. We nurses might not realize how needed we are in this world. Bluntly because we are often tired, frustrated, and God-knows-what-else. But surprisingly, other people see our importance; our heroic deeds that seems not anymore heroic as we do it each and every day. Average people like my brother sees it, and so as million others; I guess its high time we see our worth too.

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  • pinkee bellen

    you and your brother are right! i pray that we may never forget our worth as the modern-day nightingales coz we are indeed a bunch of worthy earthly angels of the sick. may our tribe increase!!! money is not everything. it is the joy that we get from doing a great job to our patients that really matters.

    in my work as a nurse – a simple THANK YOU from a sick patient sometimes offer a greater joy and self-fulfillment than the money i get paid for.

  • I am proud of you Pinkee. Thank you for reading! 🙂