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Watch this news anchor’s moving speech in honor of nurses

It’s not often that nurses receive the type of recognition they so deserve. That’s why on the rare occasion that they do, we listen. And we share.

Especially when that recognition takes place on a national, publicly televised platform.

If you haven’t seen or heard Lawrence O’Donnell (host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell) articulate in a very open and emotional way his immense appreciation for nurses and all that you do, you’re missing out.

Watch the video below to discover what (or more aptly, who) inspired this well-known political analyst and journalist to press “pause” on his typical news coverage and dedicate a portion of his program to honoring your work. Many have found this moment to be a real tearjerker, and we’re inclined to agree.

View the video on the next page!

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15 Responses to Watch this news anchor’s moving speech in honor of nurses

  1. Eileen DeCarle

    Thankyou so much Lawrence O’Donnell for recognizing nurses and the valuable role we play in patient healing. I trained in Canada and obtained my advanced degrees in the U.S. and have spent most of my career as a perioperative nurse leader. Your story is inspirational and I share it with my network and staff to encourage their hearts. Nursing is still the #1 Trusted profession in the U.S. and research shows that more nurses taking care of patients=lower patient mortality, but, unfortunately many nurses are leaving the profession faster than we are acquiring them, mostly attributed to mistreatment, unprepared nurses entering the workforce, and economic cuts. I don’t have the answers, and money doesn’t solve the dilemma of retaining nurses, but…your story goes along way to highlight nursing’s value and maybe inspire those who are considering leaving an honorable profession. I encourage you to tell your story to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who published the landmark paper “to Err is Human,” followed up by recommendations to combat the nursing shortage. They have done exhaustive research through hearing patients stories. My sincere gratitude to you for sharing your story.

    Sincerely,

    Eileen deCarle, MSN, RN, CNOR

  2. David Parker

    Thank you Mr Lawrence O’Donnell

  3. Fran Hirchak

    Thank you Mr O’Donnell . may God Bless

  4. craftycat

    I’m a nurse from England and it was nice hearing a public thank you. Over here we have a lot of negative stories in our media. However I know that my patients think we do a great job, most of their relatives tell us we are doing a great job, my boss tells us we are doing a great job, but, I’m planning on leaving in 3 years time. Why? Because I’m tired of caring for 26 patients with 3 RN’s & 3 HCA’S (that’s if we are fully staffed) patients who are very elderly, who need 2 to help them to do anything. Many of whom have dementia (none of us have had any training on caring for dementia patients) and as a consequence are even more confused by being in a new environment. Of not being able to nurse as I’m drowning in paperwork. Being told I have to do my online training but given no time to do it. Being paid a pittance for what I do. Well I’ve had enough so I’m going to train to be an acupuncturist & leave nursing & work the hours I want to work. In a calm environment. Treating patients who don’t use me as a punch bag, I can’t wait.

    • huidel

      Crafty Cat,
      I retired after 40 years of nursing unhappy with the work I was required to do.The staffing you have is awful. I am in Calif. with the nurse to pt. ratios. Even with those I wasn’t able to give great care on the 8 hour PM shift. As you said most pts. now are in the 70-90 yrs. age range and have multiple diseases and medications. Many have dementia which is an epidemic. They climb out of bed and fall. Hospital administration doesn’t want to pay for nursing assts. to watch these pts. You are trying to care for pts. in other rooms while worrying if one of your pts. with dementia is going to climb out of bed. The hospitals buy expensive beds with alarms but you can’t hear them from another room. You get admissions from the ER added to an already bad assignment. You are literally running like crazy. You are expected by fellow RN’s to do this night after night. There are martyr-like RN’s who think that you should sacrifice yourself and follow the rules.

      I know there are nurses who don’t give great care so they can get out on time. The charting and care plans is also ridiculous. Nurse managers insult and harass you if you have to stay overtime to chart because your priority is the patient not the charting.
      The pace on night shift is totally different-you can still give good care and have a break. That’s why the ratios should be different for the different shifts. You get a totally different set of complicated pts. the next night. The pharmacy book for medications is now about 2” thick and you are expected to know how to give all including new ones; the side effects, contraindications, what IV solution they are compatible with, etc. New high tech equipment is introduced which can be complicated.

      Nursing is no longer satisfying. You are basically a robot running around putting out fires. If you get the breaks that are by law or union contract you are lucky. Nurses tend to forego coffee breaks in order to get the work done and 30 minutes lunch break from all that stress is ridiculous.

      I am glad that so many young people including men are wanting to go into the profession. Union contracts are a must because hosp. admin. would work you to more death than you are already doing. I am glad that Larry had great RN’s.

  5. Vinandvern

    Thank you Mr. ODonnell. I am so proud of my profession and all my brothers and sisters. I am thankful to have spent my last 30 years doing a job that I love.

  6. rose1102

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts on nurses. I always treat my patient’s like I would want my family member treated….with respect, compassion, humor, and hugs when needed!

  7. salty

    Thank you Lawrence for speaking about your experiences with nurses. As a 37 year veteran of trauma and surgical ICU nursing I can tell you that you experienced the why of my profession. The care of the patient, working with them to improve the outcome is my passion. I will stand in front of them and with them no matter what. It has always been the only “job” that made sense to me. Each day I know I can help one person do better, survive or even die in peace and that is the best journey of my life. You made my day brighter just because you understand why I stand at the bedside and give it all I have. Thank you sir.

  8. RNthatprays1

    I saw Lawrence O”Donnell’s show when he first returned to MSNBC after a terrible car accident. These are the words he shared at that time.

    Thank you Lawrence for sharing your experiences with nurses.

    As a RN for 23 years and patient at least that long, I have nothing but love for my profession and others that practice it

  9. abi82544

    I’m really touched and very impress with Mr O’Donell commentary Nurses get very little recognition and when someone do it it is very emotional
    THANK YOU, Mr O’Donell

  10. poolnurse

    Dear Mr. O”Donnell I am very grateful for your comments. I am an adult critical care nurse currently teaching in a nursing program in Glendale, AZ. This past May I celebrated the 38th anniversary of my initial pinning ceremony. Along the way I also completed both a BSN and Master’s degrees as well. I was deeply affected by what was said on the View. I was more disturbed by thoughtless posts contributed by fans of the show who made comments that were even more ignorant and hurtfull. Thank-you so much for the thoughts you shared. While I know-and genuinely believe that the vast majority of Americans do trust and believe in our integrity and skill. I also know that most non-nurses have no real notion of what we do, or the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual demands we face every day. I had a young male pre-nursing student in my Human Pathiology course who complained bitterly one evening about how difficult the couse was. He made the comment, “Why do you have to make this course so hard? How hard can nursing be-you are all women.” Coupled with the notion that stethoscopes are used only by physicians and it is clear that there are far too many people who think of us as “handmaidens” of physicians rather than brilliant, compassionate and dedicated practitioners we are. Your message put a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. From the bottom of that heart, THANK-YOU. This day you made a difference.

  11. railroaded ruth rn

    I also worked and lived in Arizona. ALthough I loved the profession and was good at it. And then one day a complaint went in to the Az Board of Nursing . I had no idea a BON would operate they way they do. A complaint went in long after I quit a hospital , nothing to do with nursing, . Anyone can contact that BD and say she talked fast then slow, she looked dazed, he was crazy acting, he appeared to be day dreaming. You get the idea . No patient no evidence and they will end up putting you on probation which you cannot get off of. Then you will have your license revoked.
    Dont think this can happen. ? think again.
    Yes a moving speech, but being on the other end as the nurse and to have this life and career and lively hook taken away but the BON AZ corruption, nurses should be up in arms. I have found the least supportive are other nurses. They think your “bad” they dont believe the BON can do this, they think ” there must be more to it” You are at risk in AZ working , your license your reputation. WHO is watching this group. Ducey will tell you he is not responsible they are autologous. but he appoints them I encourage others to get involved now before it happens to you, but then again, most nurses do not believe it will happen to them , big mistake!!

    • pearyb

      When I first read an investigative report by AZBON about a nurse who had obliged a patient in wanting hospice instead of surgery I knew from my years of investigating investigations that it was a hoax designed to eliminate the nurse. I’ve since had the opportunity to interview several Az disciplined nurses and the results are oddly similar. There is an element of mystery there in Arizona which really doesn’t make itself known to the real world of true facts. There are many nurses there in Arizona claiming fraudulent witnesses coupled with tampering with evidence that seems so bad. With so many complaints about this one has to accept that this Board has something else going on besides managing nurses honestly. Its at the attorney generals’ office as well. I would advice all nurses to really rethink nursing in Arizona.

  12. NICUrn89

    Thank you…that was enough.

  13. mnmerola

    AWESOME!!! This is the best interview I have seen in years!!! I am so happy that a nurse touched your life! I have been a nurse for 25 years! The first 20 years I worked my tail off for Phoenix Children’s Hospital in their amazing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)!! It was the best and most rewarding experience of my life! While most babies survived in the NICU, there were many that did not! I worked as a Grief Support Specialist there and took care of dozens of babies who died! Several times I was the one to hold and rock and sing to the baby when he/she took their last breath because there wasn’t a family member who “could handle it”! It was always the most ultimate time that I had the privilege to be with these babies! Watching a beautiful baby, regardless of their diagnosis, take their last breath was always and will always be the most priceless and precious part of my career! Taking care of any baby is an honor and the reality is that the baby’s parents were also my patients! They required a LOT of care! Some babies , born way too early would be in the NICU for months, so keeping the family involved and teaching them everything about how to care for a tiny baby was a huge task, but also times I will never forget!! NURSES never get the thank you, the love or the appreciation that is so often deserved, but it is a job filled with love from the babies we care for! That I will never forget!!! With love, to nurses around the world….THANK YOU! You are sooooo appreciated!!

    Most
    Sincerely,

    Monique Merola RN-C, BSN
    Forever Grateful to all nurses!!!

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