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|It's National Nurses Week! This article relates what several nurses have to say about the profession.
Florence Nightingale said, in a widely-read article published in 1876, that the goal of nursing is to “get people going again” with a “sound body and mind.”
John Darnielle, frontman for The Mountain Goats, who trained as a nurse, said in an interview published in The New Yorker on April 24, 2022:
“You become a nurse because you're already the kind of person who wants to do something for people. You feel like you have something to bring. They're called the caring professions: providing care is the thing, and you don't go into the profession unless that's something you want to do. It becomes a big part of who you are. You see some amazing things happen. Spiritually, I think, to be able to help anybody, your existence now has some kind of meaning. I don't think of my audience as patients, you know, but I do think that, in my nursing years, I learned to identify myself, or to be happy with myself, based on how much good I had done for somebody.”
In Becker's Hospital Review on July 20, 2017, nurses described why they do what they do:
This may be the most important point. Nurses work hard every day because it's a calling, not a job. We cannot lose sight of the fact that nurses are the heart of healthcare. We simply must treasure and cherish those who make it possible to provide care to patients.
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