a nurse's poem-I'm Sorry In Advance

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    Iím sorry in advance
    Your bedís not made today
    But I have a patient here
    Whose chest pain wonít go away

    Iím sorry in advance
    Youíre not happy with your meal
    Dietary does try hard sir,
    To give it some appeal

    Iím sorry in advance
    Your morning pills are late
    Iíve a patient climbing out of bed
    That I must try to sedate

    Iím sorry in advance
    Your mattress isnít soft
    We do need some new beds maíam
    But these things do cost a lot.

    Iím sorry in advance
    I didnít get to comb your motherís hair
    Iíve a patient with emphysema
    Sheís scared, she canít get air

    Iím sorry in advance
    Your fathers still in pain
    Iím trying to reach his doctor
    Iíll have to try again

    Iím sorry in advance
    Your dressings arenít yet done
    But a patient has just passed away,
    I offered solace to his son,

    Iím sorry in advance
    Iím not cheery as a bird
    Iíve worked 12 hours, my feet ache
    I asked for help, but no one heard

    Iím sorry in advance
    Iíve only two hands and two feet
    Iím trying to care for you, patient
    Your needs, I want to meet

    My 12 hours now are 16,
    No replacement could be found
    My aching feet they cry out
    My head begins to pound

    Iím sorry in advance
    I cannot meet your gaze
    My eyes are filled with tears
    Your face is just a haze

    If I could sit down for a minute
    And maybe grab a bite
    Phone my kids to say I love them
    And Iíll be late again tonight

    Iím sorry in advance
    I didnít do all that must be done
    If I worked any faster
    Iíd soon begin to run

    When I do get to hold your hand
    Or wipe your furrowed brow
    Please understand, dear patient
    I care for you and how

    I see your pain, I sense your fear
    Your anger in a glance,
    Our health care service is failing you
    Iím sorry in advance.

    Linda Leeson
    Licensed Practical Nurse
    Vernon Jubilee Hospital
    Vernon, British Columbia Canada
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    Wow. If that doesn't describe what most of us are going through during this nursing shortage and the demands placed on us by budgets, patient satisfaction, etc., I don't know what would. Sad but powerful poem.
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    LINDA YOUR POEM IS WONDERFUL...I PRINTED IT AND AM GOING TO SHARE IT WITH EVERY NURSE I KNOW. I got chills when I read it, and thought of all the nurses struggling with so much to, and not enough to do it with. God Bless you and your talent. Thank you for sharing.

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    Linda, your poem is wonderful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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    Linda, Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful poem and so true.
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    Phenominal Poem
    Although I usually run a humor board in my nurses station, I'm gonna post this in it... it is the truth.

    --Barbara, LPN
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    I agree!! This expresses the feelings of every nurse I know. Good luck with your efforts to win your wage increase in BC. We in Ontario are watching.
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    Beautiful poem, thank you.
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    Linda!

    Were you following me today?
    Well then, how did you know my exact thoughts and feelings?
    Thank you. You just described my day (and many other's as you can see here) perfectly.It was horrible. I'm printing this and posting it in the lounge...if any of us make it there for a break....
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    This is a very touching poem, thanks so much for sharing it.


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