Friday, June 22, 2012

Nurses Offer Comfort, Care and Skill - Celebrate Them!

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.

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*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.


Closer to Lucy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Unless you know and love someone with special needs and challenges you can never fully comprehend how much in life that those of us without them take for granted.....this story line explains so much about you and some of the comments you have left about my own special needs person, MUAH! Love ya!

kelly1980777 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The ones that take life for granted need to spend time in there local special needs program or nursing home I got a taste of the real life my brother has has Cerebral Palsy i have always though of him as a regular kid one day his senior year of high school he came home crying i asked what was wrong he told me that kids at school are picking on him calling him retard and other harsh name the next day i went to that school and gave them what they needed thats one thing i dont like is kids disrespecting someone who has disablities. My oldest son said retarded one time i took him to the city of rockvilles special need program so he could see that they are no differrent and every since he devotes spare time playing with them. Some times people need to sit and think what if i was them

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My cousin is a nurse and I feel like she is a special person too. She always helps out with health problems and offers advice.

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I worked 21 years at our community college with the Nursing Program, I was the secretary, I had the chance to meet and be a big part of the students lives, I really miss working with those students so much. So many of them came with such difficult things going on in their life, I learned a lot about them and feel like I was much more than just a secretary to them. Like your family, I had a sister that my mom fed, bathed, all the other needs for 31 years, until her body just couldn't fight any more too.

Daisy TrendyMomReviews said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great idea to honor great nurses! Hugs!

Jennifer said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nurses are some of the best people I've worked with. & they were a great help when my parents were sick.

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I completely agree! So many wonderful nurses had touched my family's life, from my grandmother's stroke and the painful decision to honor her DNR living will, to after care post the sexual assault of my daughter and even the patient nurses who put up with me after my foot surgery! (I'll admit it - I was a terrible patient!) They deserve much more than they receive!

Grace Hodgin said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My daughter is in college now to complete her RN training. Nurses are very special people.

Emmi said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My mom is a nurse and it's a profession that I highly admire. Sometimes nurses are overlooked so I love the fact that JOhnson and Johnson is doing something to really shine a light on these important people!

Emily W said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You can still go back and get that nursing degree in the future. My mom is a nurse, and when my brother and I were little, she found that it could be a very flexible career- she worked part-time for a while, then she stayed home to raise us, then she went back full-time. Since there is such a shortage of nurses, you can pretty much decide your own hours. Good luck if you decide to pursue it!

Carrie Phelps said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have to agree with you on this. Between my having surgery, visits to the ER and my Dad passing away in a hospital I've had the best experiences with nurses. Without them a visit to a medical facility would be bland and without that personal touch!

Minta's Creations said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nurses are great. They were awesome with my Dad before he passed.

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