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A Nurse's Hands

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

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I've been retired for over two years now, but in a rare contemplative moment, here are a few thoughts on what being a nurse meant to me.

Lately I've taken to looking at my hands, which appear to have morphed into my grandmother's in recent years. They are well-worn and the skin is thinning rapidly, much to my dismay. While a layer of fat fills in the lines in my face, the same thing can't be said for my hands, which tell my life story without words.

And then I remember: these hands have held new life, and comforted the dying.

These hands have given the first bath...and the last.

They have been washed literally hundreds of thousands of times in the service of people I didn't give birth to.

They have administered the first feeding and the last dose of morphine.

They have rubbed sore backs, dressed wounds, smoothed fresh linens over feverish bodies.

They have fed, cleaned, stopped bleeding, performed CPR. They have also prepared the living for surgery, and the dead for their final journey.

They are the hands of a nurse. And even though my career is over, my hands will forever bear the marks of the noble work they once did.

And somehow, that makes the wrinkles OK.

Edited by Joe V

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Debilpn23 works as a lpn at an assisted living & Su bstance Re.

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Viva

that is beautiful. I notice my hands morphing into my grandmother's too. Hugs my friend

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What beautiful hands they are viva !!!! Thanks for writing this.

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KCMnurse has 33 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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This is beautiful - thank you for sharing. I was always told that your hands tell your story.

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la_chica_suerte85 works as a RN Resident.

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This is beyond beautiful. :)

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canigraduate works as a RN.

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Yay, Viva! I'm glad you're writing. You always make me feel something when you write.

You deserve those beautiful nurse's hands. Each wrinkle is a testament to the people you've helped and the nurses you've inspired.

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xoemmylouox has 13 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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Very beautifully written.

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doodlebuttRN has 13 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Wow. Made me cry [emoji24]

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jifferte has 20 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Nursing Educator.

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Beautifully written.

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azhiker96 has 10 years experience and works as a PACU.

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Well said Viva.

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Patricia Birnstiel works as a Certified School Nurse.

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This was beautiful. I am getting ready to retire and am finding it difficult to stop doing what I have done my entire life. This brings back memories of my life in review. Thank you.

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ZEBRA57 has 40 years experience and works as a NURSE CLINICIAN-AMBULATORY DAY CLINICS.

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Beautiful --- uplifting --- a reminder of the work & spirit we bring to our profession.

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