Sweeter Than Splenda
Nurses have inspired many artists to greatness. A wonderful gift for a nursing school graduate might be a print of the iconic Nikolai Alexandrovich Yaroshenko painting “A Nurse,” circa 1886. Sadly, you received a somewhat less inspired effort: a framed copy of one of the dozens of saccharine poems circulating about the nursing profession—the kind that make you wonder if all that schooling was worth it. For example, here’s an excerpt from a poem penned by a doctor in honor of Nurses Day:
Be a nurse and love your work;
Shower kindness on those ill;
Ease their pain and heart’s anguish;
Make their beds and give their pill.
Of course, this won’t be the last time a doctor feels like he has to spell out your job requirements to you. So perhaps you should start getting used to it now….