Written By: Mikee Pasaporte
For the month of May, National Nurses Week is being celebrated worldwide.
Up to this day, I still can’t find the right words to explain how nurses do what they do. Day in and day out they give a part of themselves to the patients they assist. The ones that stay in the home care practice choose to take care of their patients regardless of their personal lack of sleep, hunger pangs, own illnesses, and times when their “me- time” becomes “shared time”, especially when their patients or the patient’s family members call at odd hours in the night.
Sometimes they complain, they breakdown, and they feel tired, but it does not make them less of a nurse. It makes them a genuine one—One who can be in touch with how they feel and know how to cope with it. Despite the way they are treated by some hostile patients; the pressure they feel on their lower backs when they carry a patient heavier and taller than they are; the pressure wounds they try their best to heal… regardless of all these and many more, they still find it within their hearts to smile while explaining which medicine to take, be their patient’s crying shoulder and a hand to hold on to when they experience sporadic episodes of intense pain, and still have in them encouraging words to share with both the patient and their families.
In hospice care, we need nurses who provide consistency, excellence and true passion, that in spite of the reality that our patients may leave at any moment, they feel cared for.
“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou