I had to speak at my pinning in Sept & graduation in Oct. I think you did a very good job with your speech. It is from the heart & that's what counts.
I am copying my speech below. I don't think it's a good as yours but it too is heartfelt.
"It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. Tonight I'd like to tell you about a few significant nurses in my life.
In 2003 we lost my mother to colon cancer. About 3 weeks before her death, we realized that we no longer could give her the care she required at home so she agreed to go to a nursing home. During those three weeks and especially the last few days, I watched the nurses as they cared for Mom. They even found a lighted decorated Christmas tree in May & set it up in her room because Mom kept saying the words, "Christmas tree, Christmas tree, Christmas tree" and they thought it would comfort her. How's that for being an advocate? They were compassionate, patient, skilled and knowledgeable. They were also LPNs.
Last year my sister got very sick & spent several weeks in the hospital. The actions of the nurses saved her life more than once. One nurse in particular was very impressive. I believe that if you looked up the word, "advocate" in the dictionary, her picture would be on that page. Jeanne had such severe edema that just to touch her skin was painful. While trying to diagnose her, the doctors decided they needed to rule out breast cancer and ordered a mammogram. This nurse questioned that test, explaining just how uncomfortable it would be for Jeanne. When they wouldn't change their minds, she accompanied Jeanne to radiology, made sure she received medication for her pain, sat with her, comforting her both physically & emotionally, and even physically supported her during the x-ray, exposing herself to the radiation. She too, was compassionate, patient, skilled, knowledgeable, and most definitely, an advocate. Although she was an RN, we, as LPNs can do exactly this for our patients.
Next is a group of nurses, the excellent faculty of Hamilton College. These women took a group of students and in less than a year, performed a miracle. They turned us into nurses. More than once I have gone to them for advice, for understanding, and encouragement. They are patient, compassionate, knowledgeable, skilled, and advocates. Please join me in thanking them once more with a round of applause.
Lastly, my classmates. Tonight we are nurses! Think back to those first weeks of our first term. Did you ever think we'd make it? Remember that first day we gave & received shots? We were so scared & now, we think nothing of it. How about that awful check off day in 2nd term? It was hard but we got through it and we knew our skills. We labored over our clinical paperwork, especially this term & realized just how much we learned every time we wrote it. We learned to work as a team, helping and supporting each other when necessary both in class & at our clinicals. I can't thank you enough for the help and encouragement you gave me. I'm not sure I could have made it without you. Although we still have lots to learn, we too, are compassionate, patient, knowledgeable, skilled, and advocates. We are nurses!"