Happy Nurses Week!

Nurse bringing breakfast for patient

Happy Nurses Week!

“Nurses Make a Difference”

Introduction

This week is Nurses Week and so in this article, I want to recognize the nurses throughout the world.  I have always admired nurses, but I have a greater appreciation for nurses since I started dialysis five and a half years ago. These nurses have made a difference in my life. When I first started dialysis, I was very afraid and did not even want to go there but after a period, the nurses made me feel so calm and comfortable. They are not doctors but trust me they know what they are doing, and they have an extensive knowledge of health. In fact, many times they diagnose an issue long before the doctors do.

Nurses make a difference

The nurses are at the frontline of a health facility and so your first interaction more than likely will be with a nurse.  The nurses are the ones checking the patients’ vital signs and continuously monitoring the patients. Based on my experience with nurses, they provide support and care. As a result, it makes a positive difference in your stay at a health facility.

Nurses are heroes

In my opinion, nurses are heroes and so it is awesome that a week is set aside to recognize the nurses. We should not take the nurses for granted. Nurses save lives. They follow up with you on a regular basis and they provide great advice. They are always working around the clock. Many of us are working on an 8-hour shift while most nurses are working on a 12-hour shift. At the dialysis facility in TCI, some of the nurses’ day start at 5:30am and if they work on the evening shift on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they do not leave work until 2am. Some nurses go beyond their call of duty.

Nurses are people too

There are some people who mistreat the nurses and talk to them in a condescending manner. Sometimes, we act like the nurses cause our medical problems. Let us learn to respect nurses and treat them the way you want someone to treat you.

Nurses deserve a higher pay   

There is a great demand for nurses everywhere and as a result there is a shortage of nurses worldwide. I think nurses deserve a higher pay just like I believe teachers should be getting paid more than what they are getting. We are paying thousands of dollars for other professions buy yet we think nurses do not deserve a higher pay.

Conclusions

I agree with the saying that nurses are the “heart” of the healthcare. They are involved in every aspect of your life as a patient. I cannot end this article without praising the hard work and dedication of the nurses at the dialysis unit in the Turks and Caicos. I highlighted them because they are the ones, I interact with three times a week. However, I want to thank all nurses for their contribution in the health care industry and for a making a difference not only in the lives of the patients but also the family and friends of the patients.

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