Did you know, that as the world population continues to grow and people continue to live longer and need more care, the healthcare field is experiencing a severe shortage of nurses? Today as it stands, there is currently a nationwide vacancy of over 100,000 positions, and that number is expected to grow to 800,000 by the year 2020.
Since the birth of my first son I've had a strong desire to be a nurse in the OB field, I hate to admit that life just simply got in the way. I still hold on to that feeling deep down because I personally find nurses such an asset to the medical field.
Right now you can celebrate amazing nurses across the nation by sharing a story of a nurse who has touched your life in a special way, via the Amazing Nurses Facebook page. One nurse will be from all those nominated will be picked to attend the 2012 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute show in Los Angeles, courtesy of CNN. He or she will also be honored in a video profile which will be screened before the live audience at the show, and featured on the Nursing Notes by Johnson & Johnson Facebook page.
This contest got me thinking. It got me thinking of the nurse who helped deliver my oldest son, who inspired me to think about a career in nursing, and it got me thinking about another special nurse that my family had the pleasure of welcoming into our lives.
My Aunt was born with Spina bifida and defied many odds seeing beyond her thirtieth birthday. My Grandmother was her constant caretaker until her body could no longer hold up to the physical demands of lifting and such. On top of that work was a must to continue to provide for herself and family. At that time a semi live-in nurse was welcomed into our home to help care for my Aunt. I was only 9 or 10 but I can remember every wonderful thing this nurse did for my Aunt - I also remember how much she felt like and became part of the family.
Our family didn't have a special van so my Aunt was home bound for the most part. She did have a job and was provided transportation which was great, but what about those simple life tasks we all take for granted? Everyday this nurse would walk, pushing my Aunt the whole way, to the stores, grocers and even once to the local carnival. She cared for her and I truly believe she loved her as we did. When we lost my Aunt it was twice as hard for me as such a young girl as I not only lost my aunt but I lost this sort of "adopted" member of the family, this wonderful Nurse who cared for my Aunt and who friended the family. She truly helped provide my Aunts final years with a form a normalcy. Taking her to purchase a pet, her own gifts and letting her experience her first ride on a carousel.
I believe some nurses truly are angels and are not given enough credit. I mentioned the nurse who helped deliver my son, as also inspiring me. The reason I say she was an inspiration was because of all she did. My doctor literally came in to "catch" my son. This nurse learned about me, comforted me and really did 90% of the work as far as my delivery was concerned.
Nurses are the ones who often take the time to talk to you, comfort and really be there. I hope that you too have been inspired enough by a nurse to head over to Amazing Nurses Facbook tab and nominate a nurse who is special to you.
Learn more by visiting - www.amazingnurses.com
*Eligible Nominees for the Amazing Nurses contest must be a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) who currently administers direct patient care.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.