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Written for a favorite nurse, Marjorine Williams, an RN at Good Shephard Medical Center in Longview, Texas pediatric floor where I worked as a nurse aide while in nursing school. I aspired to be like her. She made a dozen copies of this poem and passed them around the hospital. Where are you now Marjorine? The photo is me at graduation in February 1982.

What Nursing Means To Me

Nursing to me is: an opportunity for love to grow; an ability to care for and be responsible for those who are unable to be responsible for their condition; the opportunity to do little favors that mean so much and be repaid with a smile and a thank you.

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It's not being ashamed to clean bedpans or "behinds," to monitor IV's and NG tubes, tending the critically ill, or being a "sounding board" for the less medically ill but emotionally broken.

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It's receiving satisfaction when a patient recovers from an illness or an operation and remaining human to share the grief of the loss of a patient remembering no matter what one's personal beliefs, everybody has someone who cares for them.

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Nursing is being able to touch a patient regardless of his color and caring all the while. Illness knows no age, no sex, no race, nor creed. The Lord made us all, short and tall, big and thin, and in a rainbow of colors. It stands to reason that a woman in white, a nurse, needs a rainbow of talents showing concern for all walks of life, having no prejudice for age, sex, race, or creed. Copyright © 1982 Carolyn Bigler Hebert To download this poem in pdf format, click here. COLOSSIANS 3:17 "And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

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