May 6th is recognized as National Nurse’s Day, kicking off the beginning of National Nurse’s Week. The provision of hospice care is first and foremost an interdisciplinary team model of care, as the end-of-life process is so much more than a physical experience. Yet, the physical care of a person during the dying process is often the most visible to the observers.
Some of us have been blessed to be able to perform the art of nursing for 30+ years, some for a handful of years. The one common thread for almost every nurse we have ever met is “I wanted to help people.” The nursing teams at TRU, TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado, and TRU PACE come from all “specialties” in nursing: critical care, med-surg, long-term care, psychiatric, pediatrics, ob/gyn, etc. And, here we are, sharing all of our experiences to form an amazingly talented team who cares for all people, regardless of their need, in the final years, months, weeks, and days. Sometimes it takes all of us putting our skills together, giving credence to “it takes a village.”
Over the years, as each challenge has come along, someone has picked up the gauntlet and said, “I can help.” To the many nurses who share their nursing skills, who share themselves as human beings, we offer you a profound thank you. We are proud of the nursing care that you provide to our patients.
We share this brief paragraph with you:
There is a deep river of meaning that runs through this work. Remembering this meaning daily is what keeps us alive in this work and protects us from exhaustion. The meaning of this work has not changed in thousands of years. It is part of our lineage.
May you all have the opportunity to take a step back this week and appreciate all you have contributed to the community we call TRU, and to the communities we all live in. You make a difference every day.