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  • Monday, May 07, 2012

    Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale

    This week honors a profession near and dear to my heart, National Nurses Week.

    Having worked in the profession for 17 years in a variety of positions in the areas of surgery, pediatrics, intensive care, administration and teaching, I was honored to help patients during those years, from those taking their first breaths to those taking their last.

    My husband likes to call me “First Nurse,” and it’s a moniker I’m proud to wear. Healthcare has been in my blood since I was a little girl, and some of my fondest memories are from my teenage years of helping my father, the country doctor, in his office.  I knew early on that my preferred profession was nursing.

    Perhaps it’s not uncommon for nurses to feel the calling, the passion of nursing at an early age. I’ve heard a number of times through the years of people who aspired to be nurses when they were quite young.

    Caring, nurturing, hard working, flexible, strong interpersonal skills...these are characteristics shared by nurses. It’s certainly not an easy field to pursue so it takes a person who is dedicated and committed.  I have great admiration for nurses, who make a positive difference in so many people’s lives every single day.

    Fittingly, Nurses Week concludes on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.