One of my daughters was asked to write a couple paragraphs about their mom's job...this is what my daughter wrote:
"Nurses do many things, they use many tools, help people stay alive, and make sure people are healthy and can give medicine.
"My mom is a nurse in the ICU. The ICU is the intensive care unit, where she takes care of very sick people. My mom works hard helping these people who did stupid things, have confused families, are crazy, scared to death, and many other things. There are many tools she uses like ventilators, heart monitors, IVs and many more.
"Being a nurse is very hard and takes a lot of practice so be thankful for our nurses."
Wow...I guess they DO listen! Thought you might enjoy this 11-year-old's concept of nursing. Not too bad, eh?
[Her reference to "stupid things" is where I have emphasized to my kids the risks of smoking, alcohol abuse and drugs...I have told them about people ending up on ventilators and sometimes dying as a result]
[This message has been edited by Zee_RN (edited April 09, 2001).]