Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

'What do you do?'

What do you do?

So your a nurse are you?

What is a Nurse?

What is nursing?

I get asked these a lot when asked what my occupation is and I give my answer of ‘Nurse’.

So what is a nurse?

The RCN have a publication that tells you the definition of nursing and what a nurse is.

But I can’t tell you so rigidly, because the answer to me is ‘it is so many things’.

For me a nurse is caring, dedicated, passionate, sometimes go beyond the call of duty when needed; they give respect, hope, a listening ear and guidance to achieve a mutual goal of better health & recovery and better support at the end of life. This could be with direct patient care, sharing best practice all around, doing research, managing a service/system, telephone service and many many more.

I love that phrase, ‘so what do you do’, its so commonly used, when you meet someone new, fill in applications and in the school playground to pass the time. But isn’t it a good question, what do you do? Because the truth is for me being a nurse and doing what I do is very personal to me. Nursing is so diverse in its career options and with what time you have with your patients, that what you do is so very different for everyone.

For me I take care of patients directly from theatre, I take care of patients on the road to recovery from major surgery and I also support patients and their families at times where treatment is no longer the answer and where patients are at the end of their life. I follow Dr’s plans of which i use medication, rehabilitation & equipment to achieve this; to do that I follow Guidelines, Polices and procedures to ensure patients are safe and cared for within the code of conduct and remits of nursing practice’s.

But this isn’t what I do, its my job role, my occupation, tasks i carry out every shift & my obligations; what I do is pass tissues to the worried families, I talk to them, reassure them.

What I do is help a patients feel every day they have achieved a milestone to getting back to themselves again.

What I do is hold a hand of a worried patient when they are unsure of where they are or why they are there.

What I do is look people in the eyes and tell them they are doing great and to hold on to hope for just another day, because soon they will be able to see just how far they have come once again.

What I do is talk to families about a life a patient once had and the great memories they are going to leave behind; we laugh, they cry and together we get through a day so very hard, together we hope that one day they will meet again. What I do is help them feel that on the worst day of their life they are not as alone as they may think.

For all nurses out there I salute you, I give you a high five and I wish you all well, for being a nurse is hard, stressful, worrying and sometimes heartbreaking. But it is so very worth every days early morning alarm, late night/morning arrival home and overnight stretch; because being a nurse is a privilege, a passion, a true calling; one that I wish I had found earlier in life, it is a career full of possibilities.

For all those who are becoming a nurse, want to become a nurse or have just become a nurse, you are the future, you are amazing for being here and you will see just how great being a nurse really can be.

So What Do You Do?

What inspired you to write this blog?

I am passionate about the little things that make a big difference. 

What is your role?

Staff Nurse in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit

edited on Jul 6, 2018 by Bev Matthews

Bev Matthews 6 months ago

i am loving how you are coming into your own Dani through blogging. You have so much to share and have found a way to do it - and you do it really well!

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