What’s the best advice you ever got from a nurse?

Posted by • May 11th, 2012

This week (May 6-May 12) is National Nurses Week, ending with the birthday of Florence Nightingale.  In honor of nurses around the world, we’re asking you to share your stories about nurses with whom you’ve worked.  Have you ever been inspired? Or humbled?  What is the best advice you ever got from a nurse?

Shelia Hellman said on our Facebook page, “When I was an intern, it was a registered nurse in the ICU who calmly talked me through my first code blue and intubation. I was the only doctor in the house on nights, new to being a doctor, and had to words to adequately express my gratitude for that nurse’s knowledge and calm attitude.”

And Njemanze Ebubechukwu, M.D., said, in part, on our 200th anniversary site,

“Humility was a watchword which the nurse on duty on my first day at work encouraged me to uphold despite any accolades or pitfalls I may encounter in my internship year.”

All physicians have learned important lessons from the nurses who share our role in caring for patients. We’re asking you to share your story. Read the responses received so far and submit your own.

(Image: A portrait of Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, ministering to soldiers at Scutari. Credit: Public domain image via the History of Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH)

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