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Imagine yourself as a patient entering a hospital. Perhaps you’re arriving in the Emergency Department suffering from unexplained illness or serious injury. Maybe you’ve come to the hospital for a scheduled surgery or medical procedure. Perhaps you’re entering the Labor and Delivery unit, anticipating the birth of your first child; or maybe, your child is the patient in the hospital, and you want nothing more than to ease their pain. Chances are, no matter what circumstances brought you here, you are feeling nervous, anxious or even scared.

Within moments of your arrival, you meet your nurse. You immediately notice their kind smile, you recognize compassion in their words, and above all, you perceive a sense of heightened professionalism in their actions. You feel at ease, but you wonder, as a patient, who is this nurse to me?

Nurses are healers: Nurses treat the entire human being; they understand the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit, and how all of these components must be cared for in order for us to feel whole. Alongside the expert medical care they provide to heal our broken bodies, they know that a gentle touch and calming demeanor is the path to mend an aching soul.

Nurses are educators: Nurses have an uncanny ability to effectively transform confusing or frightening language about diagnoses, procedures and medications into words we can understand and accept. They arm us with the knowledge and tools we need to better care for ourselves.

Nurses are counselors: Nurses advocate for our safety and security. They hold our dignity in high regard. They treat us with honor and respect, and make us as comfortable as possible in potentially uncomfortable, uncharted territory. Nurses are the best listeners, and they do a remarkable job of looking at the world through our eyes.

Nurses are motivators: Nurses support us in our time of need and encourage us to push through our pain. They help us set and attain goals for our recovery, and when we reach those goals, they are undoubtedly our biggest cheerleaders.

Nurses are lifesavers: Nurses change our lives. Whether they are saving a critically ill patient, making us comfortable at the end of life, or bringing new life into the world, they become part of our life story. Nurses make us feel like we are part of their family, and even after we leave the hospital, they become a special part of ours.

At St. David’s HealthCare, our nurses encompass all these things and more. They are the best. To a St. David’s HealthCare nurse, nursing is more than just a job – nursing is a purpose, a passion, a life calling. St. David’s HealthCare nurses are truly exceptional individuals who embrace each day as an opportunity to provide comfort and healing. If ever you find yourself in need, look to St. David’s HealthCare. Your experience is certain to be incomparable due in large part to the compassion and professionalism of our nursing team.

This week, May 6th – 12th, we celebrate National Nurses Week, recognizing nurses for their hard work and dedication to the profession. To all St. David’s HealthCare nurses, thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty day in and day out. Thank you for your work to support us and heal us every day, and perhaps most importantly, thank you for changing our lives. You are a life saver; you are the best.

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