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Superheroes among us…

May 6, 2012

Nurses are Superheroes! (Some of us even have capes)

 And as superheroes, we, of course, possess super powers. In fact, we possess several super powers, but one stands out. The most important and single greatest superpower that a nurse possesses is the – ability to identify who in the room is the patient! Stop laughing and think about it…

 That guy over there on the stretcher, is he the patient? Maybe, but maybe not.  What about the little girl in room #2 with the broken arm? She certainly needs some medical attention, but mom isn’t in such good shape either. And then there’s the elderly women under anesthesia in the OR, you know, the one whose surgeon is wigging out because the music being played in the suite isn’t to his liking.

 Identifying the real patient isn’t always as easy as some may think. And sometimes, there is more than one patient!

 The guy on that stretcher – is an intern with 15 minutes to kill (probably a poor choice of words!). The little girl with the broken arm will be fine, but mom is blaming herself for buying that skateboard and could definitely use a little support. And the elderly woman in the OR doesn’t have a clue that unless someone gets her surgeon down from the ceiling he’ll…well, darn near anything could happen!

 The ability to quickly assess a situation, identify all the players and their individual needs and develop a comprehensive plan to ensure the best outcome for all is an art. It is the practice of nursing!

 And the practice of nursing occurs wherever you find nurses – in hospitals, schools, long term care facilities, assisted living residences, patient’s homes, and even industries like mine – technology! There is always a patient or patients!

 They are not always visibly ill, but they are patients none the less. They are people experiencing pain or distress adversely affecting their lives or the lives of others. They are the ill, the injured, the anxious, their spouses or partners, their children or extended families. They are co-workers, colleagues and communities of all kinds. 

 Today is the start of National Nurses Week 2012. It is a time set aside to reflect on all that nurses do as – advocates, leaders and caregivers. A time to thank our Superheroes!

 So I ask you to join me in honoring the nurses who have supported each of us along the way by adding a comment to this blog post about the difference a nurse made in your life…

 I’ll start…thank you Barbara Goldstein, VP of Patient Care Services at Stamford Hospital for taking the time to care and encouraging me to get my BSN. It was the best thing that you could have done for me…you made all the difference in my career…

 Your turn…(tell us about a nurse that made a difference in your world!)…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin Devine, RN MSN permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:17 PM

    Thanks to Dr. Gloria Donnelly, Dean of Drexel’s College of Nursing for inspiring me and making me want to be a better nurse.

  2. May 8, 2012 9:02 AM

    Thank you to all of the wonderful nurses that I have known, worked with and cared for me and my family over the years. When I heard about the Nurses Float for the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade I thought what a wonderful idea to honor and celebrate nurses and encourage others to consider the profession. I got involved in the project and you can too! Come together in the community of nurses world-wide. Learn more at and LIKE and SHARE at

  3. Carol Crow permalink
    May 11, 2012 5:33 PM

    Mine was Ida Moffett, Director of the Birmingham Baptist School of Nursing. She was my mentor, my friend, and a great teacher. Thank you Mrs. Moffett for teaching us to take the time to care, and thanks for being there when my parents were overseas, your leadership and guidance helped me to be the person I am today. Mrs Moffett is gone now but I will never forget one afternoon, I was running through the dorm with some of my classmates on a mission of mischief when I almost ran into Mrs Moffett. She stopped me and in her perfect white dress and cap she looked at me and said “Miss Connnor, you have such great leadership qualities I just wish you would use them in the proper manner” Years later she and I laughed, when I told her I took her advice.

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