Not Just A Nurse
Caitlin was returning home after a long shift when she decided to stop at the grocery store. At the checkout, she ran into an acquaintance who remarked that she didn’t realize Caitlin was just a nurse. Rather than say something nasty in reply, Caitlin chose to take it as a teachable moment. Her Facebook post to help people understand why that’s a hurtful comment follows below.
I am just home from a busy shift, looking very ordinary in my scrubs. On the way home today I stopped at the shop for milk and saw an acquaintance. She has never seen me in uniform and said that she didn’t realise I was ‘just a nurse’.
Wow! Over my 18 year career I have heard this phrase many, many time, but today it got to me.
Am I just a nurse?
I have helped babies into the world, many of whom needed assistance to take their first breath, and yet I am just a nurse.
I have held patients hands and ensured their dignity while they take their last breath, and yet I am just a nurse.
I have counselled grieving parents after the loss of a child, and yet I am just a nurse.
I have performed CPR on patients and brought them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse.
I am the medical officers eyes, ears and hands with the ability to assess, treat and manage your illness, and yet I am just a nurse.
I can ascultate every lung field on a newborn and assess which field may have a decreased air entry, and yet I am just a nurse.
I can educate patients, carers, and junior nurses, and yet I am just a nurse.
I am my patients advocate in a health system that does not always put my patients best interest first, and yet I am just a nurse.
I will miss Christmas Days, my children’s birthdays, and school musicals to come to work to care for your loved one, and yet
I am just a nurse.
I can take blood, cannulate and suture a wound, and yet I am just a nurse.
I can manage a cardiac arrest in a newborn, a child or an adult, and yet I am just a nurse.
I can tell you the dosage of adrenaline or amiodarone based on weight that your child may need to bring them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse.
I have the experience and knowledge that has saved people’s lives.
Share this with a nurse you know and let them know how much you appreciate that they are NOT ‘just a nurse.’
A snippet of an interview I did today on ABC News 24 following my post ‘Just a Nurse’ on Friday. The outpouring of support, recognition, and love on my Facebook post for nurses has been remarkable – I urge any nurses to take the time to read through these sentiments – they are not just for me, but for all nurses world wide. Proud to be #justanurse #nurse #proud #happy #humbled #thankyou #momlife #mom #mumlife #proudtobejustanurse