There has been much discussion about healthcare reform and the rising costs of healthcare, over the past few days and months. And there’s much to be reformed! But before you get all riled up about the big Pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and Medicare … lmaybe we should take a moment to recognize the “people”who are the healthcare industry. The people who are day in and day out actually caring for our health!
Did you know that today is International Nurses Day? Nurses… I believe that nurses are the true heart and the real backbone of our healthcare system.
The International Council of Nurses has been celebrating Nurses Day since 1965. However, May12th -which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – was established as International Nurses Day and now it is celebrated around the world.
When my mom was battling cancer, she had some of the most wonderful nurses. They not only cared for her, but they cared about her. From the nurses in the doctor’s office, the hospital nurses, the home health nurses, to the Hospice nurses; each one was a special person who cared about their patient – my mother.
As you go about your day, remember the nurses who have cared for you, your family, your children, your friends. If you personally know a nurse, make sure you thank them and recognize their efforts. The long shifts, the emotional and physical strain, the red tape and paperwork. It’s not an easy job and often a thankless job.
So, thank a nurse today… we’ll argue and debate healthcare reform tomorrow!