Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beautiful quote

I read a beautiful quote that exactly sums up how I feel about nursing -- both my contribution to the profession and how I will be impacted by my patients. 

That latter point has already started in my LTC rotation, but when I think of it, I think I have already also made a positive impact on my patients and their patients won't remember me, given that they're end-stage dementia patients, but their families certainly will.

It's not that "I" want to be remembered by my patients, it's what I did for them that makes it special and important to me.  It's the same idea about how I don't remember the names or faces of my Labour & Delivery nurses when I gave birth, but I remember what they did for me.  And that's what I want to be able to give, too.
"When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don't remember me nor I them.  But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me, and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing."

                                                            -- Donna Wilk Cardillo, A Daybook for Beginning Nurses

P.S.  Note to self -- gotta get me that book!!!

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