Happy Nurses Day!

Posted on Wed, May 06, 2015
Happy Nurses Day!

According to Miriam Webster:
Full Definition of NURSE

a :  a woman who suckles an infant not her own :  wet nurse
b :  a woman who takes care of a young child :  dry nurse

:  one that looks after, fosters, or advises

:  a person who cares for the sick or infirm; specifically :  a licensed health-care professional who practices independently or is supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist and who is skilled in promoting and maintaining health — compare licensed practical nurse, registered nurse

a :  a worker form of a social insect (as an ant or a bee) that cares for the young
b :  a female mammal used to suckle the young of another
NURSE, the word itself invokes so many feelings in so many people.  Many of these feelings come from an intimate experience with a nurse.  This may be as a patient in a hospital, clinic or even an early interaction with the school nurse as a small child.  The interaction may be as a family member when a loved one is sick or dying, that drives such strong genuine feelings towards one of the most respected professions in the world. 

It is true that in the last 14 years Nursing has topped the list for 13/14 years according to the Gallup annual survey.  85% of Americans rate nurses’ honesty and integrity as “High or Very High”.  We, as a profession have an obligation to not only meet those standards but to also exceed them every day.  We have the ability to touch lives and to make a sincere difference in the lives of those patients and families.  We also have the ability to touch each other and our colleagues on a daily basis. 

It may be difficult to maintain a smile at the end of a long 12 hour shift in the Emergency Department, or after losing a patient in surgery following a traumatic car accident, but a nurse always finds a way to continue to deliver the most compassionate care possible to those around him/her. 

It takes a special person to be able to maintain such immediate lifesaving critical thinking skills while peering down at a child who has stopped breathing following an accidental drowning and just as important skills as holding a hand of a grandmother and her husband of 50 years while they look into each other’s eyes and say goodbye as the ventilator is turned off for the last time. 

It is the nurse who carries on their duties to support, treat and care for those around them with compassion, love and deep beliefs that they do make a difference in the lives of those that they touch. 

It is those nurses that we celebrate this week and thank each of you for joining the esteemed ranks of the world’s caregivers.  Celebrate the lives you have brought into this world, those who you have healed with your touch, those who you have nourished with your words and those who you have helped cross over in the end .  You are a gift to the profession, the world and mankind!  You are a Nurse!

Ginger joined EmCare in 2013 as a Divisional Director of Clinical Services for the South Division. She earned her Associates Degree of Science in Nursing from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois in 1992. She is certied in Lean and holds or has held certications in ACLS, PALS, TNCC, ENPC and BLS. She became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and assisted in starting the only SANE program of its kind in Santa Barbara County, California in 1994.  Ginger has held many clinical and leadership positions within hospitals, worked in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings and spent several years in a consultative role assisting various facilities throughout the Southeast.  

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