There are some jobs that are just so selfless. The long hours, the grueling treatment— being underpaid and undervalued. Being a nurse definitely qualifies as one of those jobs. They do so much for so little. And, whether it's for a minor injury, an accident, or a chronic illness, they have such a a massive impact on the lives of pretty much everyone.
Even if it's just helping you get over helping blood drawn or holding your hand through a conversation that makes you nervous, a nurse is always there to add a humanizing effect in the most difficult of circumstances. So, please, don't overlook them. You may not always remember to thank them or take the time to acknowledge them properly. But you really, really should. Because if there's anyone who deserves praise, it's nurses.
So here some little bits of gratitude, that can hopefully cheer up their day. When they're under slept and over caffeinated, just something reaching out to show what a difference they've made can mean a lot. And it takes almost know time to send a card or even just pull them inside and say a genuine, heartfelt "Thank you.". You won't regret making the effort, especially with someone who really deserves it.
"Sometimes we nee someone to simply be there. Not to fix anything, or go to do anything in particular, but just to let us feel that we are cared for and supported."
"We must find the time to stop and thank the people who made a difference in our lives."
"To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through... that is what it is to be a nurse."
"May your coffee be strong and your scrub game on point."
"And in the middle of my chaos, there was you."
"When you're a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours."
"Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them."
"Nurse: Just another way to describe a person strong enough to tolerate everything and soft enough to understand everyone."
"Not all angels have wings, some have stethoscopes."
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
"They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
"No matter how difficult the days may get, never forget why you became a nurse."
"Being a nurse is knowing when to turn on your 'tough'... and when to turn on your 'human'... and finding the balance in between for those in need."
Whether you want to say something heartwarming, silly, funny, or serious— there are so many ways to say "thank you" to someone who really should hear it. There's no doubt that doctors do amazing work too, but they tend to get the glory (not to mention the paycheck). So don't hesitate to make the time for someone who might not hear it as often. Most of us wouldn't even begin to have the strength, tolerance, and patience to what they do. They become part of our fabric, part of who we are.
As one nurse, Donna Wilk Cardillo, said:
"When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me nor I them, but I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing."
And we should be grateful for those tapestries— those men and women who sacrifice so much at our service. So next time you encounter one, whether it's caring for you or for someone you care about, take the time out to thank them.