Nursing Voices

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Born to Care

"Who can fortell for what high cause this darling of the gods was born?" Andrew Marvell.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a nurse. I was taught through my parents' example that there was no higher calling than to help others. Thanks Mom and Dad for teaching me to fight the good fight, and to care for my fellow man.


Blogger poody said...

I am the same way. I grew up with nurses all my life. I truly never even considered anything else for myself. I always knew

11:43 AM  
Blogger Doc's Girl said...

I have such a soft spot for nurses as my mom was one...her caring and compassionate nature is something that I really miss today. It's something that everyone remembers about her, too...:)

12:45 PM  
Blogger MadMike said...

This is an outstanding post MJ. I am considering stealing it. I hope you don't mind. The picture and the caption gave me goosebumps. Finally I have always had a soft spot for nurses. Like cops they have tough and often thankless job.

12:55 PM  
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2:46 PM  
Blogger Mother Jones RN said...

Mad Mike:

Feel free to steal away. You are always free to use anything thing that you find on my blog.

I love cops!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Jen M. Gorman said...

Mama Jones -

My mom is a behavioral health RN, my mother in law an LPN in a family practice.

I've never seen the selfless devotion they each exhibit daily anywhere else in my professional life. Both view nursing as synonymous with healing and caring. It's a verb, not a job.

They aren't afraid to be loving when needed, harsh when called for, and brave, optimistic, and energetic in the face of seemingly insurmountable demands on their time.

Thanks for the awesome post! I think I'll give both of them a call...

10:10 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

Well, okay, you just made me tear up! I first wanted to be a nurse (a Navy nurse) when I was 6 years old watching the orphan rescues in Vietnam on TV. But my family told me I should be a doctor, instead (this was the 70's, girls can do anything, why would you want to be "just" a nurse?). I finally came around, work as an NP, and love it! Thanks for your post!

3:34 AM  
Blogger 911DOC said...

well that's why i went into medicine. hope it pings positive on the cosmic karma-meter. sounds like when i get sick i need you to be my nurse.

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Not Nurse Ratched said...

I wanted to be a nurse when I was a child, but my mom told me, "You don't want to be a nurse. You can be anything you want. You can be a doctor or a lawyer." This attitude is terrible! Nurses are not just caring vapor-heads.

8:06 AM  
Blogger kario said...

Ain't it the truth? The lessons we teach our children impact them so much more than we may ever know. Glad your parents gave you the gift of compassion. I'm sure many scores of your patients are thankful, too.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's a wonderful picture. The desire for nursing starts young.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Amrita said...

Nurses are angels in flesh and blood

12:58 AM  
Blogger health watch center said...

Hello Mother Jones,

Lovely picture and wonderful quote.

Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts. ~Florence Nightingale.

Self Help Zone

7:53 AM  
Blogger MadMike said...

MJ I am going to dedicate next week's blog to nurses using your picture and caption. It is so appropriate. I am glad you love cops:-) :-)

3:48 PM  

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