May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. This week gives us a chance to recognize our nurses in healthcare. As I’m sure you have all heard before, it takes a special person to be a nurse. Day in and day out nurses put their whole hearts into making the lives of their patients as comfortable, positive, and healthy as possible.
Often, nurses work 12 hour shifts throughout a three day work week. In those 12 hours that nurses spend taking care of their patients, they are always in a crunch for time with medications to be given, treatments to be done, family to be spoken to, doctors to be called, charting to be done, lives to be saved. Any of you who know a nurse will especially understand that 12 hours does not really mean 12 hours. Nurses often come in early and get home late, get called in on their day off, and even spend their time at home calling to work to check on that patient they cared for all day just to see if his condition is improving any.