BEING A NURSE AND A CHRISTIAN

Lois Sigmon Turley, RN

Understanding what it means to be..
CHRIST’S LIGHT IN NURSING

FOLLOW THESE 10 EASY STEPS:
1. Wait till night time.
2. Go to the darkest room in your house.
3. Close the curtains/blinds and doors, and any other place where light could come in.
4. Turn off all the lights.
5. Stand in the darkness for a few moments with your eyes open.
6. Light a candle and place it in the middle of the room.
7. Make sure you notice how light it seems with just one candle.
8. Understand that one candle can be the difference between darkness and light.
9. Think about how you could be Christ’s light in nursing.
10. Pray that God would help you to make a difference in this world of darkness.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Let’s live, then, in the light of Jesus Christ, sharing Him with those around us who are still living in darkness. One little candle can be the difference between darkness and LIGHT!
Author: Kath Dixon RN

I pray I do my part to lift each downcast spirit
and to soothe each heavy heart.
May my touch being reassurance.
May my voice be soothing too,
May my gentle care remind them
Of the love they have in You.

Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art,
It requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation,
as any painter’s or sculptor’s work;
for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble,
compared with having to do with the living body,
the temple of God’s spirit?
It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
Florence Nightingale

Being a NURSE means……
You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
You will be surrounded by challenges.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility and very little authority.
You will step into people’s lives and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you. Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst-and at their best
You will never cease to be amazed at people’s capacity for love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin-and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs and devastating failures.
You will cry a lot. You will laugh a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human and to be humane.

Melodie Chenevert, RN

THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE PLEDGE

I solemnly pledge myself before God and presence of this assembly;
To pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.
I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous
and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.
I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard
of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters
committed to my keeping and family affairs coming to my
knowledge in the practice of my calling.
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work,
and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

A Nurse’s Prayer
by April, GMU Nurse
Lord,
Give me the intelligence, intuition, and knowledge to Assess.
Give me the reason, rationality, and understanding so I may Plan.
Give me energy, agility, and tenderness during Implementation.
Give me the wisdom, perception, and fairness to Evaluate.
Most of all Lord, give me Patience, Compassion, and Kindness for all people.

Lord help me to relax about insignificant details
beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 am PST

God help me to consider people’s feelings,
even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

God help me to take responsibility for my own
actions,
even though they’re usually NOT my fault.

God, help me to not try to RUN everything.
But, if You need some help, please feel free to ASK
me!

Lord, help me to be more laid back,
and help me to do it EXACTLY right.

God help me to take things more seriously,
especially laughter, parties, and dancing.

God give me patience,
and I mean right NOW!

Lord help me not be a perfectionist.
(Did I spell that correctly?)

God, help me to finish everything I sta

God, help me to keep my mind on
one th — Look, a bird — ing at a time.

God help me to do only what I can, and trust you
for the rest.
And would you mind putting that in writing?

Lord keep me open to others’ ideas,
WRONG though they may be.

Lord help me be less independent,
but let me do it my way.

Lord help me follow established procedures today.
On second thought, I’ll settle for a few minutes.

Lord, help me slow down
andnotrushthroughwhatIdo.

Amen.

The Proverbs 31 Nurse
Who can find a good-natured nurse?
For her price is far above silver and gold.
Those with whom she works
do safely trust in her,
for she will do her duty well.

She seeks medicines and skills,
and works willingly to help others.
She is like the dedicated servant;
she gives of herself
and considers her own desires last.
She rises while it is yet night
and gives aid to the sick
and comfort to the sorrowing.

A heartwarming smile is hers,
and she uses it;
from her heart it comes,
and is made beautiful in her eyes.

She girds herself with honor
and strengthens her ability with patience.
She perceives that her work is good.

Her candle does not go out by night.
She lays her hands upon understanding.
She stretches out her hand to the poor;
yes, she reaches forth hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of sorrow,
for her trust is in God.
Pride and humility are her clothing,
and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She opens her mouth with comfort,
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She busies herself helping others
and does not allow herself to be idle.

Her associates rise up and call her blessed;
her patients also and they praise her kindness.
Many daughters have helped others,
but you excel them all.
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a nurse that fears the Lord,
she shall be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands
and let her own works praise her
in the halls of nursing.