A half year ago my son coded after a round of chemo he had developed a blood clot. I will never forget how hard the code team worked to bring him back to me. Most importantly I will never forget watching the nurse doing chest compressions wiping the tears from here eyes and the look of scared relief when he came back. Don’t go away, stay and see Warning this nurse love her pen so please don’t steal it shirt and feel it. After I composed myself I looked up and saw the team doing the same. This was so hard on me but I never realized how hard it was on the hospital staff. Seeing the emotion in all the faces of these wonderful people made me feel like my son wasn’t just part of their job, I felt like in that moment he meant something to each and everyone of them.
I lost my son 27 years ago to renal failure. He was 9 years old. I am an RN today because of the beautiful human beings that cared for him. I truly believe that they loved him as much as I did. His funeral was filled with nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other hospital employees from various departments. My child was loved! Their kindness and their commitment to human life made me want to be a part of their team.
I went to nursing school and I studied hard because I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to pay it forward. I work at the same hospital that cared for my child. I’ve been there for 23 years and every day I walk through those doors I’m proud to be there. If I’ve helped one patient or one family member to get thru a tough diagnosis or a bad outcome, I’ve done my job. Nursing is not easy. It’s hard work and it’s heart wrenching, but it’s who I am. And I am proud to be in a position to change someone’s life.
This is perfect. I worked on the infant bereavement team in my family birthing center unit for many years and had the honor of caring for many bereaved families. Lovely shirt like this Warning this nurse love her pen so please don’t steal it shirt not disappoints you. I taught my nurses that much as well- it’s okay to cry and show emotion (as long as you aren’t inconsolable in the room) because you, too, are mourning this life; it’s okay for them to watch you do everything you can to save their baby; it’s okay. We can do that and still quite effectively do our jobs.