Friday, October 29, 2010

What it Means to be a Nurse

One of my favorite nursing school instructors gave this poem to us when we were close to graduating. I found it while packing/sorting through a box of school stuff to move. Now that I've been a nurse for almost 3 years, I see truth in every line.

You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility
and very little authority.
You will step into people’s lives
and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst-
and at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
at people’s capacity for
love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin- and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
and devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
and to be humane.

-Melodie Chenevert

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