This may be a deceiving title for this post but I think you’ll forgive me as you read on. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, we forget that things can always be seen from a different perspective. Sometimes it is good to breath in a bit of the air up there.
Today I was having a conversation with a friend who always gives sage advice. Her wisdom never ceases to amaze me. She tilted her head back and looked up. Then she said, “I know this isn’t how you saw yourself in nursing, but truly you are reaching more people now then you were before you got sick.”
After letting the words soak in for a moment it suddenly clicked. Prior to becoming ill and was working in the hospital, I would encounter on a busy day, twenty patients. Everyone was treated with kindness, compassion and empathy. They were treated as individuals and had my undivided attention. However, when I went home at the end of the day or they were discharged, the interaction was over. I always hoped that I made a positive impact on their lives and there are always patients whose circumstances stick with us forever.
Now in this new role, I really do have a broader impact. It definitely is not in the same methods as previously. Each time my words are published, initially they reach hundreds of people. As they are shared through social media, the reach goes even farther.
Being a nurse means so many things. It isn’t just giving medications and monitoring vital signs. It is truly a passion that lives within us. Providing care doesn’t have to be in person. To each of you reading these words, know they are soaked with caring, compassion and desire to truly make a difference.
A caring nurse is a nurse who takes the responsibility for the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the caring of individuals, families, communities, and populations
Advocacy is such a major issue within the medical field. Patients are often left without a voice. Through multiple avenues, I am giving patients a voice, including my own. Living on both sides of the paradigm is something that is intriguing. Insights may be different depending on if I look at things from a nursing perspective or the patient perspective. No matter how many conditions I have, at heart the nurse will always live on.
If you have a spare moment, take a breath of the air up there…