“The character of a nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.”
Everyone in the NHS is brilliant and hard working, however this blog entry is dedicated mainly to nurses.
The quote above explains it beautifully (I know it implies that all nurses are female but it was written in a time where that was true- men, you are great nurses to). There are people who I studied with who were excellent in the classroom, got amazing marks in the theoretical side of their studies but when it came to placements, there was something missing. They simply could not put their theory into practice. Theory is massively important in nursing, but it is equally important to be able to think on the spot. Sometimes, all a patient wants is for someone to hold their hand.
It was the 70th birthday of the NHS this year. I think this is amazing, 70 years of free healthcare. Without nurses, this would not be possible. During the 24 hours of the day, nurses will always be there for you. Of course, many many other healthcare professionals will be around, but in my opinion nurses are the backbone of the NHS.
Some people are born to be nurses, some figure it out along the way. It is such a rewarding profession. Some days I finish a shift and wonder if I made the correct decision studying nursing. It is hard work, mentally, physically and emotionally tiring. However, all it takes is one patient, one positive comment, one success and everything feels very right.
The NHS has many angels, they come in all shapes and sizes, colours and genders. Not everyone has the same intentions or even the same way of doing something, but everyone in the NHS aims to help people which I think is amazing.
Until next time xx