Quote from TheObserver5
Finish this sentence: "The one thing nursing has taught me is ______ ."
"...that finishing some sentences is a difficult task to undertake!"
Others have done a fine job of it, however. I must admit, TheObserver5, that your fill-in-the-blank had me do quite a bit of soul-searching. I thought, "I can't put "the one thing that nursing has taught me" into a few words!
Then it hit me early this past morning while I was feeling frustrated dealing with a Patient diagnosed with Alzheimer's: We are all equal- nobody is better than anybody else.
I remember getting this arrow-through-the-brain concept some 30 years ago as an LPN on a Psych Unit. I was complaining to an RN about a Patient's behavior when she said to me, "You know, under different circumstances, you could be this Patient and this Patient could be you- there for the grace of God go I".
I am a relatively self-centered Individual. I need to be reminded on a daily basis that I am no better than anyone else. Give it mental or physical illness, under different circumstances, I could be any Patient with whom I've ever dealt.
The one thing that Nursing has taught me, and regularly continues to teach me, is to try to live by the Golden Rule.
I believe if not for Nursing, I wouldn't be "a relatively self-centered Individual". I would be one self-centered SOB!
Thank you, TheObserver5, for being an inspiration into some soul-searching!
And welcome to AN.com!