Today’s Editorial May 10: Say thanks to a nurse

Nurses are special people.

They work long hours, endure the pain and suffering of others and most do it all with a smile and a good attitude.

They are the gate keepers between the doctors and the patients. One never fully realizes the importance of nurses until you find yourself on a hospital bed. They keep all secrets that relate to doctor and patient relationship.

That’s why it is important that the Cayman Islands devotes a week to honouring those who have taken up the profession of nursing.

It is a gift to be able to care for others.

The healing touch they provide each day is often appreciated by those who receive it.

But as the nursing role evolves into one that is more distant from the bedside, as many of them age and experience wear and tear, and as they continue to work in places where they witness pain and death, it’s obvious that they are like no others.

Nurses are unique in what they do and how they do it.

Every person who needs health care also needs nursing care.

Nurses’ opportunities are expanding; nurses can travel anywhere world-wide and find employment. Salaries are growing, and the diverse talents of nurses are being used throughout many industries.

Nurses can join the pharmaceutical industry, the booming exercise industry, managed care companies, computer software companies, the legal profession, education, as well as many others.

Most importantly, nurses help improve the health of our country one person at a time.

According to a recent Gallup poll conducted in the United States, nurses are considered the most ethical and honest professionals.

It’s the nurse whom the patient trusts to explain the treatment ordered by a doctor.

It’s the nurse who teaches new parents how to care for their newborn.

And it’s the nurse who explains to the family how to comfort a dying loved one.

Just about all of us have come into contact with a nurse at least once in our lives, whether it was on a visit to the neighbourhood clinic or to hospital.

A nurse’s caring touch can be almost as comforting as a mother’s loving hand.

We commend the nurses in the Cayman Islands who have chosen this path in their lives; a path that brings hope and comfort to those in pain and who are ill.

It is good that we join with the rest of the world in recognizing nurses this week.

But their work encompasses so much more than this one week will be able to bring notice to.

Take part in this week’s activities to let the nurses in our country know they are truly appreciated.

And the next time you’re at the clinic or hospital – or anywhere a nurse can be found – remember to thank them for choosing nursing as their profession and passion.

Without them healthcare just wouldn’t be the same.

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