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20 Things about Nursing

I’ve been forwarded an email about the site of Joan Searson. An English nurse, who was living in Australia and has since passed away. This is what she had to say on nursing.

20 Things I have Learned From Nursing

by Joan Searson

1: When you are 92, you shouldn’t have to beg for the salt shaker, even if you do have congestive heart failure.

2:Our profession has no room for bullies or whiners.

3:Everyday I have held a hand, but forgotten to chart vital signs, I have still come out ahead!.

4:A good doctor is one who’ll say, ” I have no idea what’s going on with this patient, come help me figure it out.

5:Nursing is the hardest and easiest thing I have done.

6:Whatever I need in a hurry will be in someone else’s room.

7:Healing the spirit is as important as healing the body.

8:If I don’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of anyone else.

9:A body believes everything you tell it.

10:Time flies whether you are having fun or not.

11:A lot of patients get well in spite of us, but even more get well because of us.

12:If I don’t get emotionally involved with my patients, it’s time for me to change professions.

13:It’s usually better to beg forgiveness than to ask for permission, especially if I am taking a St Bernard to see a child in the I.C.U.

14:Professionals give advice but healers share wisdom.

15:If I don’t celebrate the exquisitness of each day, I’ve lost something I’ll never get back.

16:Grief knows no rules.

17:The more unloving a patient acts, the more he needs to be loved.

18:Some things have to be believed to be seen.

19: No one promises us tomorrow.

20:If I can’t cure, I can still care.