This I Believe

The obnoxious nurse who inspired me

An “unprofessional, disrespectful, rude, obnoxious, uncaring, and heartless” nurse inspired this woman to become a nurse herself…so she could treat her patients the way they would want to be treated.

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I believe in grandparents

“Grandpa and Grandma took care of their own parents over the years. At first it was the small things…but as my great-grandparents health deteriorated…it became so much more.”

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A universe of hope

This nurse midwife believes that it only takes a moment to open a universe of hope. The tools are simple: Graciousness, humility, and love.

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The inviolability of human life

As a nurse caring for both children and the elderly, she has had the profound honor of caring for people during some of their most challenging and life-altering experiences.

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How do you measure success?

One nurse’s powerful essay about success and how it is measured not in material things but in character. Although she shared her beliefs in 1954, her words resonate as powerfully today as ever.

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I can make things better

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.

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This I believe: we will commune with endurance

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.

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