A hero is defined as a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious warrior; a person admired for achievements and noble qualities; one who shows great courage. We believe we can substitute “nurse” for “hero” in that definition.
We have seen nurses jump into action with great ability and strength to orchestrate a mini-M*A*S*H unit in a matter of minutes. It’s a dance like no other. The forethought, the quick decision-making, the calm in the chaos, literally a matter of life and death, moving with confidence and bravery and nerves of steel.
We have seen nurses stand strong while families go through unbearable grief and anguish or be the calming steady presence in the midst of anger and desperation and still come back day after day and give their all.
We have seen nurses advocate for patients with courage and certainty using a steady voice and firm conviction. Or trusting an intuition that something isn’t right and saving a life with astute assessment skills.
We have seen nurses endure tireless emotional routines and physically demanding work and still manage to take care of their family when they get back home.
We have seen nurses laugh their way through lunch in the sanctity of the break room and celebrate each other’s successes and departures with pot luck parties. And then with professionalism and focus, go back out and give their attention to the patient in front of them.
We have seen nurses, in everyday faces, wearing scrubs and stethoscopes and badges of courage and we know their true identity.
To all nurses everywhere, Happy Nurses Week! We see you!!!
“Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage.” – Henri Amiel