gosh...this could be so broad. Nurses can show caring in sooooo many different ways
I guess if I had to think about it...hmmmmmmm
it can be as little as holding someones hand
sitting and talking with them for those few minutes that we really don't have
taking a damp cloth and wiping a pt's brow
providing kleenex and water for the family of a dying pt and blankets..stand and just listen to the family talk about their loved one.
one time we even snuck in a tiny dog so it's "mom" could see her one more time before she died. (the pt would not have made it home..the doggie was brought in a suitcase by a family member)
providing coffee that the staff made to a family member that just couldn't leave their loved one.
breaking the rules just a tad and letting a child <12 into the unit to see their mom/dad/grandparent one more time before they passed.
making clown faces out of latex gloves for the young child of a pt so they wouldn't associate the "hospital" as the bad place that took her mommy away and letting the little girl sit with me at my desk and giggle and talk with me when I knew I had other work I could've been doing.
decorating the unit during the holidays and the rooms of the pt's to "make it a little cheerier"
taking a basin and bringing in snow for a pt that had been on the unit for awhile and was wishing she could make a "snowball"
The list can go on and on....I think we show caring everyday we are at work. We turn our patients, tuck them in when they are cold and can't do it themselves, do ROM, clean their "bottoms", put lotion on their body, etc...yes these are all things we should do, but yet we do it b/c we care about the pt.
I am a NURSE because I CARE!