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Medical Center Hospital RN selected as National winner of Spirit of Nursing Contest

National Winning Essay

for the Spirit of Nursing contest entitled

"What the Spirit of Nursing Means to Me" 

 

What the Spirit of Nursing Means to Me

Annamarie Jones, RN, CCRN, CLNC - Nursing Administration

            Hope. Love. Compassion. Peace. Patience. Dignity.   These are words that I associate with nursing.  Not because of what I do as a nurse, but because of what my patients have done for me.

           

            During their most trying times, patients have given me hope.  In their times of suffering or discomfort, they have displayed hope through staunch belief in their faith, doctors, nurses and all those who care for them.  This tangible display of hope gives me hope.

            During their most trying times, patients have given me love.  In spite of their

pain, be it physical or emotional, they honor me with kindness and appreciation.  This tangible display of love allows me to love.

            During their most trying times, patients have given me peace.  In their times of suffering or discomfort, they are encouraging me with words such as "thank you for helping me".  In spite of their physical discomfort, they maintain a quiet dignity.  This tangible display of peace gives my heart peace.

            During their most trying times, patients have given me patience.  In their times of suffering and discomfort, they display a calm during many time consuming and confusing procedures.  In spite of their loss of control, they display trust, trust in me and all those caring for them.  This tangible display of patience, gives me patience.

            During their most trying times, patients have given me dignity.  In their times of suffering and discomfort, they present themselves with dignity and grace.  In spite of the total surrender of their bodies to others, they display the sanctity of the human spirit.

This tangible display of dignity, gives me dignity.

            All that I am as a nurse, I owe to my patients.  They have nurtured me, educated me, supported me, disciplined me, encouraged me, wounded me and healed me.   Through nursing, I have grown as a person.  I have learned to appreciate people for one simple reason, we are all of one family.  We all cry, laugh, hurt, mourn, live and die.

            What does the spirit of nursing mean to me?  It is a lesson in humanity.  Simply, it is life.

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