Nurses are the heart of the hospital

Haley - Western Springs, Illinois
Entered on February 22, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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I’ve been an Athletic Trainer for LT since the beginning of freshman year. Working in the medical field is something I am constantly striving towards and I really want to excel in it. And sure, being an Athletic Trainer doesn’t give me much of an edge on any other person; I can tape an ankle or an arch, but these are things anyone can learn in a day. Yet, the will and desire to become a nurse isn’t something someone can develop in a day. I have that drive because I know it’s something I’m passionate about. Ever since I saw a compound fracture, with the bone sticking straight out of the skin, I have known that medicine is my calling. Many people go through high school second-guessing their interests and what they want to be, but I have never questioned this. I know I will be a nurse someday, and I know I’ll be really good at it.

I believe that doctors are the brains of a hospital, but nurses are the heart.

Now, when I think of a nurse, I see a middle-aged woman with Mickey Mouse scrubs who is short and plump, with bags under her eyes, making you question why she doesn’t look healthier since she works in the medical field. Or you might imagine a flamboyant murse who isn’t afraid to wear pink scrubs. Regardless, nurses deserve the utmost respect. Maybe nurses have been rude to you, made your cast orange instead of blue, maybe they have been way too trigger-happy when it comes to giving shots. But everyday they put on their brightly colored scrubs, hoping it will help with spreading joy around the hospital. No matter their mood, they smile for the 87-year-old man who has about 3 weeks left to live. Even after cleaning out a catheter, they move on to the next person in need without a moments notice. And after watching a 6 year old come in with massive brain trauma, they still make it through the day without cracking. This, to me, is inspirational.

Still, the best part is the fact that nurses always get to know their patients. When in the hospital, the nurse is around much more than the doctor, getting the patient from the bed to the bathroom, delivering the flavorless chicken and dumplings for dinner; they are a true helping hand. And in spite of everything, the nurse remains 2nd best to a doctor. That’s why I believe nurses are the heart of the hospital. See, doctor’s objective is to find the problem and stop it. Nurses want to make sure the patient is comfortable, make sure they have someone to talk to, have something to eat. More so, they need to have a smile while doing so.

So if you are ever looking for a nurse in 2017, you can look me up because I’ll be working for a hospital, helping people everyday.