When I went to go see my son in the NICU mere hours after giving birth to him, I was exhausted, and unsteady. I felt as if I was in a bad dream. The minute she saw me, the head nurse instantly found me a chair to sit in, and spoke to me about how beautiful my baby boy was. These acts of kindness helped me collect myself and touched me at one of my most vulnerable moments of life.
After that day I realized there are five core areas where we can learn life lessons from the nurses in our lives and that plain and simple nurses rock!
1. The so-called experts aren’t always the expert
During this time I met the head of the NICU. He was a cold, stern man who informed me that I was lucky that my son was not going to die. After speaking with him, I went back to my hospital room and sobbed. When I returned to the NICU, the nurses quickly explained in greater detail about my son’s condition. I learned from them right then that the people in charge are not always the people who know the real score and to trust the people who actually spend their time doing the work to tell you what is happening.
2. Remember to have a sense of humor
Things got bad there in that NICU sometimes and there were times when I was terrified and heartbroken. The NICU nurses, always present, offered kind smiles and friendly words. When one of them would crack a joke, everyone would laugh loudly, gratefully. Sometimes a little humor works wonders.
3. Trust other people
When my tiny baby was not mine to hold, cuddle, or nurse, I had to trust those NICU nurses to give him the care that he needed since I was not able to do so. While it broke my heart to have to wait to hold my newborn son and to be his mother who provided everything he needed, the NICU nurses were so kind, smart, and good that I was relieved to know that they were caring for my son until I was allowed to do it myself.
4. Don’t be afraid of something because it is hard
Their kindness and knowledge has caused me to consider going to nursing school myself. I’ve never been good at math or science and that always stopped me in the past but now I think I could do it, just to have a chance to affect people the way those nurses affected me. Eventually I’d love to get my MSN online and earn an advanced nursing degree so maybe I can teach and prepare the next generation of awesome nurses.
5. Nurses are what make the world go around
Much like a company in which the CEO gets all the glory and everyone else does all the work, the nurses are the unsung heroes of the hospital. The doctors may get all the attention but I know, as many others do, the nurses do all the work. And I will always be grateful to those nurses.
If you know a nurse go out and hug them and thank them. They deserve it!
What life lessons have you learned from a nurse in your life? Tell us in the comments below!
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