From a Grateful Nation: Thank You, Nurses

Thank you nurses
Thank you nurses

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After 2021 brought another unpredicted year to the pandemic, we seem to be steadily entering a season of recovery. Here at Marymount University, we recognize that nurses have everything to do with our arrival at this bright horizon.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you have sacrificed your comfort and safety to help others. You continue to rise to the challenge, masking up and putting your own lives in jeopardy to honor your calling. You fill the desperate need for caregivers, bravely serving as the final barricade against a deadly disease. You gracefully adapted to changing protocols and solved problems with innovation and perseverance.

Stethoscope

 

For all of this and more, we want to say: Thank you, nurses.

 

You have saved and continue to save lives at great personal expense.

You fill in wherever you are needed, sometimes even traveling to high-risk areas. You continue to work long hours and selflessly serve others. This is a true example of leadership in extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances.

You care for the sick, advocate for public health measures, and participate in vaccinating millions of people. Some of you have even come out of retirement, rising to an extraordinary occasion.

For everything you have done and continue to do, we express our gratitude. 

Nurse holding patient's hand

 

Thank you, nurses, for preserving our dignity.

 

Nurses are present in our lives from our first breath to our last. You usher us into this world with joy and help us leave it with grace. Through it all, you treat us with respect.

“My deep thanks and appreciation to Amy who cared for me during my heart cath. Due to previous surgeries, I have an intense fear of needles, have limited mobility, cannot have my knees flat on a bed, am overweight, suffer incontinence, and have white coat syndrome which elevates my blood pressure. In spite of all of this, Amy treated me with respect and dignity the entire time while providing a calm and reassuring presence.”

- Linda Patten, Patient

 

Thank you, nurses, for cheering us on when we are at our most fragile.

 

We’re sometimes at our most vulnerable in front of you, yet you encourage us and give us strength. Thank you for being present at our lowest points: a difficult diagnosis, a painful treatment, the loss of a loved one, or losing our sense of hope.

Thank you for sharing our triumphs, too: getting better, kicking cancer, our first unsteady steps after a hip replacement, the unabashed joy of giving birth.

“I just wanted to send you a message to thank you for your kindness and support during my labor. You were consistently kind, patient, and understanding throughout the whole process. I really appreciate your sensitivity when I was emotional and your encouraging attitude. Thank you so much for loving your job and doing it so well!”

- Susie Doerman, First-Time Mom

 

Thank you, nurses, for opening yourselves to our lives. Thank you for offering kind words of encouragement that go beyond the call of physical care.

Bandaged hands holding a heart

 

Thank you, nurses, for continuing to serve, even when it means great personal sacrifice.

 

Working double shifts, missing a child’s soccer game to sit with a sick patient, skipping breakfast, missing dinner—all considered “normal” sacrifices in the life of a working nurse.

These past few years have elevated your sacrifice to a new extreme. COVID-19 changed your everyday work into the worrisome risk of possible exposure to a deadly virus. Working throughout the pandemic threatened your own health, and compounded the fear that you could be infecting your loved ones at home.

Thank you, nurses, for making impossible choices on behalf of the health of our nation. Thank you for isolating yourself away from your families, sometimes going weeks without seeing spouses, parents, and children. Thank you for gearing up in PPE to administer hundreds of COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Thank you for keeping your loved ones and community safe.

We are so grateful. We know your family is proud of you. We promise not to forget your sacrifice.

Recharging battery

 

Thank you, nurses, for remaining compassionate and showing your hard work and dedication.

 

Working long days often lead to sleepless nights, but you’re always quick to offer us a kind word or a reassuring pat. Nurses, thank you for your patience, dedication, and big-hearted capacity to care. Day or night shifts, you keep us going.

Thank you, nurses, for working even longer hours in 2021 and dealing with higher stress levels. It’s not only your patients who notice, it’s everyone—doctors, administrators, aides. We all know that nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system.

“Each day, you choose to provide the best quality, compassionate and tender care for our residents; sometimes, but not always, a thankless job that can be overlooked.”

- Shannon Richardson, Healthcare Administrator

 

Thank you, nurses, for sharing a laugh even during life’s hard moments. You don’t just help our bodies heal—you help our souls, too.

COVID-19 has added stress to all our lives, but healthcare workers have borne the brunt of it. Thank you, nurses, for finding time to laugh and share a smile with us. You brighten our lives, daily.

“The nurses looking after my grandfather… in the Covid unit deserve a world of thanks. It was his birthday today, and they celebrated with him by hanging a banner, wore the silly hats, and took pictures for all of us to see… You all are the definition of what a nurse stands for.”

- Britnie Laubenstein, Grateful Daughter

 

Thank you, nurses, for giving us a shoulder to lean on.

 

Very literally, carrying heavy loads is part of a nurse's day-to-day routine. When we are unable to lift our sick selves up, you help us shuffle to the bathroom or into a wheelchair. You often do too much heavy lifting and expose yourself to potential hazards every day. The U.S. Department of Labor reports a 249% rate increase in illnesses and injuries amongst healthcare workers since the start of the pandemic.

But in a metaphorical sense, you also provide a shoulder to lean on—sometimes cry on—and an ear to listen, lifting our spirits as well as our bodies. Truly, in no other profession would change a catheter,, wipe a tear, exchange a joke, brew a hot tea, and hold a stranger’s hand while “all in a day’s work.” For that, too, we say: thank you, nurses.

Nurse taking blood pressure

 

Thank you, nurses, for saving our lives.

 

It may come as no surprise, but nurses are just as important to our health as doctors. Nurses can improve patients’ medication compliance and treatment plan.

But your impact goes beyond the concrete walls of a clinic or hospital. Simply by being present in our lives, you make a positive change in our communities. Nurses play a vital role in patients’ overall health and well-being. Their relationships with patients through community care may strengthen and enhance patients’ health. Whether it be at the grocery store or talking to a neighbor, care is integrated into your entire life. 

Every day, outside of your working shift, you think about the health and well-being of the people around you. We appreciate the advice and care you give us. We’re in awe of what you do.

Group holding hands in a heart shape

 

Thank you, nurses, for inspiring the next generation.

 

Young people around the world have watched your response to this pandemic. They heard us call you heroes, and heard you respond that you were simply doing your jobs and wishing you could do more. They saw the best of humanity in you. They have a greater sense of contributing to the common good because of your humility, courage, and tenacity.

You inspire and treat others with compassion. You make a tangible difference in people’s lives, care for people in times of need, and inspire future nurses.

Thank you, nurses, for inspiring us with effortless grace.

And to the next generation of nurses, thank you for rising to the challenge. Thank you for recognizing our needs and choosing to fill them.

 

Marymount University offers several online nursing programs, meeting your educational needs wherever you are along your nursing journey. Whether you want to start a second career as a nurse, gain advanced skills with a doctor of nursing practice degree or become a family nurse practitioner, Marymount offers a variety of programs to help you achieve your career goals and they’re 100% online. We’ll even handle your clinical placements so you can focus on the real work of fulfilling your dream.

Let us help you advance in your career with the right program for you.

The quotes and stories in this blog were provided by patients and families who received care from nurses at Carson Tahoe Health and Kettering Health Network.