When it is dark at night when everybody is sleeping or having fun somewhere, nurses are working hard in the wards taking care of patients, answering the call bells, preparing reports for the next day.
Nursing is a job that a lot of people will avoid, because it is known to be dirty, tiring, and low-paid. Do you know they clean up dead bodies? Do you know they walk 8km every shift? Do you know they don’t get paid as high as an engineer or accountant? I bet nursing course dosen’t cross your mind when you were schooling. Just to be frank, for me, it didn’t cross my mind at all.
The nursing adverts on TV and newspaper always show nurses smiling, carrying a light board walking around. They don’t always smile so sweetly like the model you see on Straits Times or Mediacorp Channel 5. They don’t just carry light boards around checking on patients. Those boards are probably the lightest things they carry around. They carry heavy patients. They handle difficult patients who think that they are king. They work with doctors who might think that they are always hight status than a nurse.
Nursing is not easy. Even a 3-year-old knows that. It needs courage, strength, wisdom, perseverance, endurance, and of course, the P words, Passion.
Nurses don’t work for money. Clearly, they work for passion. Passion for the needy and elderly. The love and care for the patients is the core of a nurse’s heart.
If you have a friend who is a nurse, give him/her a little pat, say “you did a great job!” and smile.
To all nurses,
Happy nurses day!
[Disclaimer: All information is just personal opinions]