Author Archives: This I Believe
About This I Believe
Based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, This I Believe® is an exciting national project that invites you to write about the core beliefs that guide your daily life. The series has enjoyed a four year run on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Visit the special "Scrubs Magazine Reader Submission Form" on the This I Believe website to contribute your own essay. Essays by Scrubs Magazine readers could be featured on both This I Believe and on Scrubs Magazine!
My first time doing CPR on a real person was the night I learned how to be a nurse. In that long first year of nursing, I had learned the science and the mechanics, but that shift taught me so much more.
I am a nurse. I am not a doctor. I don’t try and cheat death. I offer comfort, a smile, a skilled hand. For many days I will open my eyes in the morning and I will have a choice. To find joy or not. To help or not. To continue or not.
Claudia had been our neighbor for about 8 years. She was our nurse on call. Any time my dying father needed pain relief, she would simply walk over and administer his medication. Even in the middle of the night.
I look back on thousands of hours spent sitting beside nursing mothers and babies in my career as a hospital nurse and board certified lactation consultant. The process of nurturing young mammals still enthralls me.
Catherine and I were nurses together in the intensive care unit. During our long, 12-hour night shifts, we often worked side by side. I liked Catherine, and we’d talk all night. What I didn’t know was that she was stealing and injecting powerful narcotics.