end of earth nurse

To Be a Nurse

I love writing my blog and sharing the experiences of my travels with others. From time to time, I become uninspired, and don’t write anything for a while. It’s not that I’m not having good experiences, but sometimes  I get busy, or don’t know how to share them. I have put it on the backburner for the last couple weeks.

This week is Nurse’s Week, and nothing inspires me more than my friends and colleagues who share with me the profession that I am so proud to be a part of. So my inspiration returned, and I decided to write a poem about it.

It’s sometimes hard to explain in words to others what it means to be a nurse. You usually can’t show it in pictures, because of the private nature of our positions, so unlike other posts, this one has no visuals.

This poem only articulates a small fraction of what we do. However, it is a short representation of what it means to me to be a nurse. I love nursing, and it may be hard to believe, but I can’t wait to go back to work.

To Be a Nurse

To be a nurse is to be strong
And keep a smile when days are long
To care for others as your own
From when they’re born, until they’re grown
To wake up early, and stay up late
Missing birthdays, holidays, and special dates
To do work that is a science, and also an art
With equal amounts brain and heart
To be independent, but work as a team
Using compassion when people are mean
To give, to learn, to grow, and to teach
Making a difference for each person we meet
To bring life in the world, or ensure a peaceful end
Acting as a professional, but also a friend
To see all the heartache, but take it in stride
Protecting our patients, swallowing our pride
Thanks to all the nurses, near and far
It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are

3 thoughts on “To Be a Nurse

  1. Keri Pollock

    This is beautiful and great way to celebrate Nurse’s Week. I imagine it even takes on deeper meaning through what you’ve experienced in your travels.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *