Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.
When it comes to saving lives, doctors usually get most of the credit. They are the ones with the most training, the most years spent in school, and — let’s face it — the high paychecks.
But this doesn’t mean that other medical professionals, like nurses and EMTs, shouldn’t get their fair share of credit when it comes to saving, comforting, and mending people, both physically and emotionally. However, many people still regard nursing as an insignificant job.
Nurse Caitlin Brassington came across this backward thinking when she ran into an acquaintance at the grocery store. She was wearing her nurse’s scrubs, and the woman was surprised to find out about her profession.
But it wasn’t her ignorance of the fact that shocked Brassington. It was how she used the word “just” in her sentence, as if her job had little to no importance in society.
“‘Just a Nurse’. I am just home from a busy shift, looking very ordinary in my scrubs. On the way home today I stopped at the shop for milk and saw an acquaintance. She has never seen me in uniform and said that she didn’t [realize] I was ‘just a nurse’.
“Wow! Over my 18 year career I have heard this phrase many, many time[s], but today it got to me. Am I just a nurse?”
“I will miss Christmas Days, my children’s birthdays, and school musicals to come to work to care for your loved one, and yet I am just a nurse.
“I can take blood, cannulate and suture a wound, and yet I am just a nurse. I can manage a cardiac arrest in a newborn, a child or an adult, and yet I am just a nurse. I can tell you the dosage of adrenaline or amiodarone based on weight that your child may need to bring them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse.
“I have the experience and knowledge that has saved people’s lives.
“So, if I am just a nurse, then I am ridiculously proud to be one!”
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