By: Cindy Barnett, RN
How many times have you heard “he/she is a nurse” which is then quickly followed by someone showing you a body part, rash, bruise, etc… and asking “what do you think”? I know all you nurses can relate, and it happens everywhere – grocery store, church, family gatherings, work – you name it! Nowhere is sacred, and as a nurse I know you will touch the aforementioned area, and offer your opinion.
I don’t think many of us give it a second thought, it is a part of who we are and what we have become. I have to admit I miss the hands on nursing I provided as a bedside nurse, however I am blessed routinely on still being able to use my skills. I may not have all of the fancy equipment that is available to you in a healthcare setting, but I still have my hands and my heart – do nurses really need much else? Think about it…
How many times are you in a public setting and think “his respiratory rate is too fast” or “her color isn’t good?” Do you realize you are actually starting an assessment? Granted we aren’t going to whip out a stethoscope or have them change into a gown at our local Target, but as a nurse you quickly identify that something is not right and it is your nature to want to find out what it is.
Caring is a part of us. Empathy is part of us. At work or at home it is who we are and why we love what we do!
Cindy is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Medical Facilities of America.