“What you want to be when you grow up?” my mother asked me after graduating from Highschool. At first, I just don’t know what to say because I don’t know what course to take in college. But then, I was in love with the nurse’s uniforms, all dressed in white, and look so pure and refined…and so I took nursing. I didn’t realized that becoming a nurse is, not just wearing white uniforms, stockings and caps (nowadays we can wear any color uniforms), but having a uniquely, dynamic, and wholesome personality including having lots and lots of patience. Having been an experienced nurse for more than 15 years both in the Phils and abroad, made me realized that we are a truly grateful person, just being told so many times of that “nice nurse”. We have seen our patient in all walks of life. An elderly patient once said, “I could never do what you do” as she watched me walking back and forth handling each and every patient I have even if they’re in their worst manner (physical or emotional) with ease and confident. I would think that a nurse could easily switched her personality into a two-way mode, we are not crazy or have a split personality but kind of like being in a two different world: family mode and work mode. We can turn them on and off anytime and still function. We are able to distinguish problems way far ahead (remember the so much used of nursing diagnoses “Risk for”?….) and able to blend ourselves depends on the environment we are in. So, not all people can be a nurse, this would take a special person to be that one of a kind…..
So one day, I just got inspired to make this poem to appreciate all nurses all over and to be able to capture who we truly are: so what it is really to be a nurse?
To be a nurse, we tend to forget about ourselves
We enter into people’s lives
We tend to be there in their most vulnerable moments
We make the sad ones happy
Uplift the depressed
Calm the aggressive
Teach those who does not know
Advocate when unable to decide for themselves
Stabilize them in their most critical moments
Acts as a resource person to our colleges
All of this done under a highly stressful environment
Without knowing, we had made a difference into someone’s lives
To be a nurse is, indeed, a work of art, and, that is considered “priceless”….
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