Nurses 5.7.15Hi ladies…I just want to take the time out to acknowledge National Nurses Week starting May 6th thru May 12th. Please take a moment and go with me on this journey…

Good Morning, my name is LaTasha, and I will be taking care of you today.  I reach out to shake the hand of your loved one and notice the puffiness in her eyes and the burdened stance that she takes.  I recall my prayer unto the Lord as I walked in this morning. “Lord, let the interactions that I have with my patients and their families be pleasing unto you.” As I scan the room, we’re maxed out vasopressors, glance at my monitor, “ah man”, my vitals, I mean….my patients vitals….your loved one’s vitals, not so good.  I take the deepest breath I can get without my posture changing because I know you’re seated to feed from me right now and I don’t want to make you uneasy. I kindly offer the basic things: food, water, light/no light and mention I will be back in just a moment and close the door behind me. This is the day…

Dear Family,

    This is the day I am here to serve you.  Can I hold your hand, rub your back or simply sit beside you.  Any phone calls I can make for you? This has got to be the hardest one to make.  I offer you an opened box of tissues, I took the first one.  Tears stream down your face and history plays just as fast. Those good ol’ times and what they mean to you. You speak from a full heart all those things you want them to be assured about. I want you to know I already prayed for you, for your mother, father, sister, brother, child as I walked in this morning.  When I shook your hand this morning to introduce myself, I asked Jehovah Shalom to rest in this place. As I look around in the room and see the signs of absence in this world approaching, I’m preparing “me” for them in the bed and you.  There’s never a day when I’m numb as a nurse and it won’t start today either.  I ask you what you need, not really knowing a thing that I may do to give you what is truly desired at this time.Should I leave? So do I stay? Sure…I can do that.  Hold you, sure….but don’t mind the tremor you feel as I embrace and hold you up. A sob is taking place that I’m silencing to “be strong” for you right now. Nature calls so you exit to the restroom and its now your love and MY patient. Remember when I entered the room and I saw “my vitals” weren’t stable, I serve as if it were me, my blood in that bed. The alcohol gel has removed the visible oil from my hands, but there’s still a faint smell of frankincense from the anointing oil. Its my turn to plead with the Lord on behalf of your beloved. In doing so, I also know that God has a plan and it is perfect, HIS will. You return and know the time is nigh. Again I am here, the best I can be, I think to myself… did I nod off the day in nursing school when the instructor taught this part. Knowing that THIS can’t be taught. The emotional responsibility for others, for you, on this day…..no one can teach. I am here to serve you,as I care for my patient, your Love, what do you need from me?

sig LP