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

  1. I wrote this a couple of months ago, after a typically bad day -

    I'm Sorry In Advance

    I'm sorry in advance
    Your bed's not made today
    But I have a patient here
    Whose chest pain won't go away

    I'm sorry in advance
    You're not happy with your meal
    Dietary does try hard sir,
    To give it some appeal

    I'm sorry in advance
    Your morning pills are late
    I've a patient climbing out of bed
    That I must try to sedate

    I'm sorry in advance
    Your mattress isn't soft
    We do need some new beds ma'am
    But these things do cost a lot.

    I'm sorry in advance
    I didn't get to comb your mother's hair
    I've a patient with emphysema
    She's scared, she can't get air

    I'm sorry in advance
    Your fathers still in pain
    I'm trying to reach his doctor
    I'll have to try again

    I'm sorry in advance
    Your dressings aren't yet done
    But a patient has just passed away,
    I offered solace to his son,

    I'm sorry in advance
    I'm not cheery as a bird
    I've worked 12 hours, my feet ache
    I asked for help, but no one heard

    I'm sorry in advance
    I've only two hands and two feet
    I'm 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

    I'm 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 I'll be late again tonight

    I'm sorry in advance
    I didn't do all that must be done
    If I worked any faster
    I'd 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
    I'm sorry in advance.

    Written By

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

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    licensed practical nurse on a CSU/Medical floor


  3. by   Nursz-R-Awsm
    That is superb leesonlpn!!!
  4. by   RNforLongTime
    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!!!!!

  5. by   GPatty
    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...
  6. by   Mister Chris
    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.
  7. by   asil
    This poem is beautiful. Good job, you have a true talent. The poem put tears in my eyes.
  8. by   Cubby
    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.
  9. by   cathy949
    WONDERFUL. I've printed it out and posted it on our bulletin board.
  10. by   nurse62
    Right on!
  11. by   MandyInMS
    Wonderful poem leeson...I can really relate to it (((hugz)))
  12. by   SueRN916
    You speak from the heart, Linda. God bless you and keep up the good work.
    P.S. I posted your poem in the nurse's bathroom at eye level in front of the toilet...about the only time we have a few seconds to sit down and read!)
  13. by   k-eet10
    All I could do is cry when I read your poem.
  14. by   Mussa Selim
    I love your poem and so does your Swedish colleagues!
    I plast it in our coffeeroom and we can feel the same emotions as you do!

    Mussa Selim