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A nurse's job goes on and on,
doing tasks from dusk to dawn.
There's mes, there's records, and requests to write,
running tests all day and night.
Though busy with input on computer lap,
they fluff up pillows so I can take a nap.
The nurse of today is the doctor's right arm,
guiding the patient through sickness and harm.
A compassionate nurse in word and deed,
is always there in time of need.
It's from A to Z the jobs that you do,
we can't make it through life without assiatance from you.
I've seen this nurse in many a land,
from hospital ship to war's blood soaked sand.
Through pain and sickness; lost hope and dispair,
the corpsman, the nurse, you are physically there.
I may never need a nuclear tech.
But without a nurse my life's ship is sure to wreck.
Praise the Lord, your heart cries a nurse is here.
It does not matter if you're young or old,
the touch of a nurse has the warmth of gold.
I'm just, as you see, an old military guy,
but I've received your compassion from land, sea, and sky.
As I'm finishing life and all my friends have died,
give me a blessing from God and put a nurse at my side.
Yes, praise the Lord my heart cries as I glance through a tear,
it's like back in Mom's arms when the Nurses are here.
-Willis D. White
United States Marine Corp (retired)
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