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April 25, 2005

No idea why

We received many emails  from nurses who knew at a young age that they wanted or would become a nurse. This email is a chaming story of another kind.

Elderlywheelchair72x721I had wanted to be either a florist or a veterinarian so my decision to go into nursing was a surprise to everyone.

I had little experience with illness and the only elderly people I came into contact with were the Henderson sisters–2 ladies that I saw at church on Sunday morning. I bet they were 100 years old each, thin as sticks, blue hair permed into tight little coils, each wore a fox stole around their neck. To this day I am not sure if I was afraid of these ladies or the beady eyed fox stoles. One thing for sure, I was afraid of everything. So, at age 18, I went off to nursing school. I was like a lamb to the slaughter.

I was convinced the patients in the nursing home division where I was a student were out to get me. On weekends, I would cry to my Dad and tell him I was never going back to school. But every Sunday I got packed up, armed with whatever I would need for the week and taken back to school determined to rise to the challenge. I did rise to the challenge, sometimes with wobbly legs.

It is 31 years later; I know why I am a nurse. God had a plan and I followed it. I have been given the privilege to care for the sick, sometimes to be present at the time of their death. No-one can do what I can do. I am a nurse.

Lynn Louise Allegretto APRN,CS/NP

Geriatric Care Resource Center

April 25, 2005 in What I Do | Permalink

Comments

I love your last statement. You're right, no one can do what we do and there isn't anything that we can't do. The life changes that come with being a nurse are incredible. I now know that there isn't anything I couldn't do if I set my mind to it. I learned that as a nurse. I'm so proud of being a nurse. It's a special gift and a rare talent.

Posted by: Pam | May 22, 2005 11:51:02 AM

Mark,
Thank you for a truly insightful poem-after almost 30 years of nursing (all but 1 1/2 in Emergency) it's wonderful to have such a sensitive reminder of why I do this. Obviously, you have 'what it takes'-would love to work with you and see you in action.
Barbara

Posted by: Barbara | May 11, 2005 5:44:56 PM

The last line says it all !
"No one can do what I do.... I am a nurse"

Posted by: lc | May 11, 2005 10:10:29 AM

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