I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a
deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right?
This week, the word is family.
Nursing involves more than patient care. There is also doctor care, co worker care, and family care.
When you get a patient for surgery or sickness, they almost always show up with a family member or 2 or 10. People are cool in this way. Sticking together when times are tough.
Here in the United States, we are so self sufficient, so independent. But when we get sick? We want our family.
Even when a patient says he doesn’t want anyone in his family to be notified of his illness, they some how find out and show up.
Illness and death are the 2 times in life when it seems unnatural and sad to have a patient who has no family. Even then, most people have chosen friends to be their family.
As a member of God’s family, I know I have people all over this big, beautiful planet who can step up if I find myself without my biological family.
As a nurse, I meet each person throughout my day and step up to be his/her family while they’re in surgery. I protect him like he’s my own flesh and blood. Advocate for him. Comfort him. Hold his hand while he goes to sleep. Cover him with warm blankets. Explain everything that will happen so he feels less fear. Pray for him. Stay with him until I drop himoff in recovery and pass him to the next nurse who will take over that temporary family role.
Family matters. In all stages of life. Let’s stick together people!