Nurses more than job description, definition

“At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.”

— Terry Waite

What is a nurse? My goodness, everyone knows what a nurse is. If not, just check the dictionary and it will tell you.

I checked because I wanted a correct definition and this is what it says: “nurse /ners/noun a person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital.” Yep, that’s it — nothing more.

Of course, I know the dictionary has to be short and concise. So I would like to expand on that, because there is so much more that can be said about a nurse.

I feel qualified to put in my “two cents” worth because of what I have experienced the past three years. It has to do with Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital, Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay and Autumnwood Care Center here in Tiffin.

First of all, my wife has been a permanent resident in Autumnwood for about one year now. I was quite apprehensive about it because I certainly did not want to see my wife, whom I have been married to for 63 years, go into a nursing home. I am resting more comfortably now because I can observe the loving care that she is receiving from the nurses and everyone there.

Certainly there is no place like home, but the nurses are very caring and kind; they work very hard to make her comfortable. I must be fair and want to add I am aware of the fact the nurses at St. Francis give the same loving care. I just do not like to single one out because all the nurses need more recognition than they usually receive. So I take my hat off to all the nurses.

I have spent time in Mercy Hospital here in Tiffin and Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. At Tiffin Mercy, within the past two or three years I’ve had three procedures performed on my back. The nurses there were very kind and loving; they made me feel comfortable and treated me as someone special. At the Findlay hospital, I had some surgery for a condition that caused excruciating pain, somewhat weak control of my muscles, extreme exertion and was out of breath very easily. All of those things working together took some very dedicated and loving nurses to reduce my pain and make me comfortable.

One of the nurses along with someone helping her worked so very hard when my pain got to a level 10 and I would lie there moaning pretty loudly. Yes, a level 10 pain will make a grown man do that. They worked so hard and finally got my pain down to the point where I was resting comfortably.

When she was finished, she had tears in her eyes. Yes, I did, too. That is what I would call tender, loving care by a nurse who is dedicated to her work.

That is why I say a nurse is more than what the dictionary says.

Before I started this, I decided that I would try not to get too personal about the experience I received from the nurses. But, after reading what I had written, it did not say enough.

So what’s my point? Our daily paper, The Advertiser-Tribune, gives us the privilege of putting our thoughts on paper. If you have read much about what I have written, you would know I like to give recognition to those whom I feel do not get enough attention.

Our nurses certainly do not get the attention and appreciation they deserve. I would hope to encourage everyone to do something about it. Next time you see a nurse, tell her or him how much they are loved and appreciated. Because, from what I have experienced the past two or three years, it is very apparent a nurse cannot be describe simply by “nurse /ners/noun a person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital.”

There is so much more. Let’s not keep that a secret.