I had the misfortune of being hospitalized for a lengthy period of time many years ago. (It was 52 days over a four month period, but who was counting?) During that time frame the nursing community became part of my extended family. I was blessed to have some of the kindest people I have ever met taking care of me during my hospitalization. Of the many nurses who entered my room during all those days and nights there were only a couple who were less than stellar. Most of them demonstrated the characteristics of professionalism, patience, and caring.
Healthcare has unfortunately become a political football in recent years. Actually, it has probably been a political football for many decades, but it has become more evident these days with all the squabbles regarding the Affordable Care Act. The “Brainy History” website states that the American Medical Association (AMA) was formed on May 7, 1847; that was 167 years ago today if my math is correct. Looking at some other websites exposing a variety of aspects of the nonprofit organization AMA, it is obvious to see that opinions regarding the AMA are not all favorable. It appears that politics and the pursuit of money have been involved in healthcare for quite some time if the information on these websites is accurate.
I don’t know what the future of healthcare will bring. However, I know that I have benefitted from the expertise of numerous medical professionals and for that I am grateful. Nurses, please know that you are appreciated. You do not have an easy job, but you have an opportunity to minister to people who are going through some real difficult times. Your kindness, patience, and skill make a real impact on the lives you touch each and every day. You do not simply care for a patient's physical needs. You are a messenger of hope. Celebrate this week well. You deserve it.
Have a great NATIONAL NURSES WEEK!