A nurses poem- for those who haven't read it yet

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    I wrote this a couple of months ago, after a typically bad day Ė

    Iím Sorry In Advance

    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.

    Written By

    Linda Leeson
    Licensed Practical Nurse
    Vernon Jubilee Hospital
    Vernon. B.C. Canada


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  2. 25 Comments...

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    That is superb leesonlpn!!!
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    I think that you should submit this poem to one of the national nursing magazines--we have Nursing 2001, RN and AJN in the states --I know that RN and AJN publish poems written by nurses! I see that you are from Canada--try sending it to whatever nursing journals you have in your country! This is an awesome Poem!!!!!

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    I printed this poem out a month or two ago. I thought it was beautifully written then and it surely hasn't changed my opinion to see it again. I have it posted on my bullitin board above my computer so I can see it daily...
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    Thank you for your wonderful tear-jerking poem.
    I always have a copy with me to give out, especially for those people who do sometimes seem to be so ungrateful, but really do not understand.
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    This poem is beautiful. Good job, you have a true talent. The poem put tears in my eyes.
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    Excellent. Thank you so very much for putting into words the frustration I know I feel, and I would venture to guess ALLNURSES feel the same.
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    WONDERFUL. I've printed it out and posted it on our bulletin board.
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    Right on!
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    Wonderful poem leeson...I can really relate to it (((hugz)))

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