Who noticed that MOCO Housewives skipped right over “Nurse’s Week” and without even a mention of it? In my Michelle Tanner voice “How rude!” [totally showing my age here…]. There are so many professions that I respect and care to honor and nursing is definitely one of them. This omission was not intentional and I knew that I would find the time to circle back later in this busy month of May, amongst Teacher Appreciation Week and Mothers’ Day, to show some Nurse Appreciation!
Nurses pour so much their patients’ care. Whether you are a nurse in a hospital, a medical office or private practice, a school or University nurse, a home nurse, an Assisted Living nurse or any other type of nurse: this note of appreciation is for you: Albeit late, THANK YOU!
A Prized Profession
For this special occasion, MOCO Housewives is doing a giveaway for a brand new, beautiful Edie Shoulder Bag in Deep Coral polished pebble leather; by Coach ($350).
A friend of mine, Roxane Burkett, and local Mary Kay consultant decided to sweeten the pot by adding in one of Mary Kay’s newest products: their Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask ($24). One lucky Montgomery County, Maryland nurse will win this beautiful prize!
Nursing is not for the faint of heart
The profession of nursing is hard work and long hours; requiring a specific expertise, a big heart and a life of service. I’ve watched numerous friends through the nursing program; many of them locally. They worked so hard to achieve their dream of being a nurse and it happen without long nights studying and much dedication. I even got to experience the graduation ceremonies of two extremely close friends as they proudly walked across the stage; beaming with joy at what their hard work produced.
I can tell you first-hand about how much I value a nurse’s care. At the very end of April (this very year), I had a myomectomy; the removal of a very stubborn fibroid. Upon arrival at the Shady Grove Hospital, Rockville campus, I was cared for by some amazing nurses. That care didn’t end until I was wheeled out by a nurse a few days later when I was discharged. They helped me when I was at my very worst; unable to get out of the bed independently and struggling just to walk. C-section aside, the worst part hit when I began having allergic reactions to several medications; resulting in severe side effects. They jumped into action to quickly address the source of the allergic reactions and they were always there when I needed them; checking in quite frequently. There’s no bonus received for cleaning up vomit, staying with a patient until the fever breaks or consoling a patient with tears of pain. I can’t tell you how thankful that I am for the care I experienced. I wish I remember every name but I don’t.
However, this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. Over the course of my life, there have been quite a few hospital trips specifically and many nurses consoling, comforting and caring for me. I wish I could remember each name during each trip so that I could circle back to say THANK YOU. At times, being a nurse can seem thankless and/or daunting, but one thing I would like to leave you with is that nurses (and other care-based services) make much more of an impression and impact on the lives they touch daily than one might ever realize. Work with pride; knowing that you make a difference each day!
--In the name of my late grandmother, Betty Elizabeth Starr; a most caring and generous nurse
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I’m Laura – wife, mommy and coffee lover! Im so excited to be the new face of MoCo Housewives and connect with you.
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