nursing poem

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i once heard a nursing poem that brought me to tears and have not been able to find it on the internet or through anybody. the lady that read it to our class can not be found. the poem tells about how god created a nurse. he is talking to his helper, who has asked him why she had a leak, and telling him about all the other things she has going on in her life and that the leak is not a hole but a tear. if anyone has this poem or knows where i can get it, i would very much appreciate it. ;):confused:


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Ask Brian the moderator...It was posted on this board a couple of months ago.....

Brian, ASN, RN

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Try using the search feature, the search button is on the upper right hand side of every page.

Search for the word poem, I am sure you will be able to find it.

Doey, BSN, RN

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I think this might be the poem you're looking for:


When the Lord made Nurses...

He was in his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said " You're doing alot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, " Have you read the specs on this order? "

" A Nurse has to be able to help an injured person, breathe life into a dying person, give comfort to a family that has lost their only child, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to lift 3 times their own weight, work 12 to 16 hours straight without missing a detail, and console a grieving mother as they are doing CPR on a baby they know will never breathe again...

They have to be in top mental condition at all times, running on too-little sleep, black coffee and half-eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands. "

The Angel shook her head slowly and said,

" six pairs of way"

"It's not the hands that are causing me the problems," said the Lord, " It's the two pairs of eyes a Nurse has to have." "That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. " One pair that does quick glances while making note of any physical changes, and another pair of eyes that can look reassuringly at a bleeding patient and say,"You'll be all right, Ma'am." when they know it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

" I can't," said the Lord, " I already have a model that can talk to a 250 pound grieving family member whose child has been hit by a drunk driver...who, by the way, is in the next room uninjured..and also be able to feed a family of five on a Nurse's paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Nurse very slowly.

"Can it think?" she asked. "You bet," said the Lord," It can tell you the symptoms of 100 illnesses; recite drug calculations in its' sleep; intubate,defibrillate,medicate, and continue CPR nonstop until help arrives...and still keep its' sense of humor.

This Nurse also has phenomenal personal control.They can deal with a multi-victim trauma, coax a frightened elderly person to unlock thier door, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how nurses are insensitive and uncaring and are only doing a job."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the nurse. " There's a leak." she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."

"What is the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for patients they've tried in vain to save, for commitment to that hope that they will make a difference in a person's chance to survive, for life"

"You're a genius" said the angel.

The Lord looked somber...." I didn't put it there" He said.


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thank you so much robin, brian, and doey. that is the poem i have been searching for. :D



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beautiful indeed! :) Thanks for posting it

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