Sometimes nurses are present for the beginning of life; sometimes the are present for the transition of life into death and wherever the spirit travels. While we all come from different faiths and belief systems, we universally appreciate the care, the kindness and compassion of nurses like Patti, and it is a great honor to honor her work on May 11, 2018 at the United Nations, celebrating International Nurses Day.
In caring for Jim, I was so moved at the love and devotion he and his wife had for each other. Their faith at this most trying time was so strong. In health care, we are accustomed to using our scientific knowledge to heal and cure. Sometimes a cure is not what happens. Observing Jim’s faith has brought me a stronger faith in God, one that I bring to each and every individual I encounter in her profession of nursing. Her volunteer work with the Order of Malta is deeply fulfilling. Through her service with the Order, I have learned that I am able to join her nursing knowledge, her faith and her love of service. I thank God for giving me these gifts that I may use and share with others.