Nursing is a healthcare profession that involves years of training and continued specialized education to care for patients in a variety of settings. Nurses are often the first healthcare professional that patients meet hence what makes them so important. They are a technical expert, an educator, a counselor and a resource for the family, using all senses to better care for a patient.

A general misconception existed that the profession of nursing revolved around sponge baths and bedpans. We feel that today’s public is more educated about the important role nurses play in the medical community. Yet, the truth of the matter is, unless you or a loved one has spent time in a hospital, you may not fully understand the breadth of expertise and knowledge that nurses bring to the table.

Nurses also provide invaluable emotional support. They can counsel you and your family through everything from understanding a chronic condition to coping with death and dying. Their knowledge of illness combined with exceptional people skills provides comfort and stability. For many patients, this relationship is an anchor in the tumultuous waters of the hospital system.

Nursing is a true calling. It’s a physically demanding position; many nurses cycle through 12-hour shifts on their feet. They give up holidays with their families and work through nights and weekends. This selflessness is also reflected in their commitment to their patients.

So we’ve established that nurses do quite the mouthful, from delivering emotionally, knowing a little about a lot, the physical help they deliver immobile patients, to also facing the end-of-life care with patients. Oh, and not forgetting the long tedious hours they face.

In a nutshell, nurses do all of this incredibly hard work while dealing with comments about being “just a nurse”. Though they are the heart & soul of the health care system, they are often disregarded & don’t get the appreciation that they deserve. However, they never allow this to stop them from offering the best level of care available. That is what makes nurses some of the most important people within the healthcare system.

Dear nurses, you are appreciated.