For the Christian world its nearly Christmas. Its time to think of others. When I think of family I also think of my nursing colleagues all around the world.
Nurses truly are a global village. We come from all races, countries, religions and beliefs. We are Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Taoists, Atheists. We celebrate Christmas, Ramadan, Hanukkha, Diwali, Maghi and so many others around the world. We are women and men, young and old. We are parents, siblings, children, relatives and friends.
We wear theatre scrubs, nuns habits, the hijab and military uniform. We work in large city hospitals and small remote villages. We work in wealthy, prosperous communities and in poverty stricken refugee camps. We work in the most harsh and remote places. We practice in clinical settings, education, research, health policy, management and the law.
We practice in peace times and in war zones. We are there at birth and at death. We relieve pain and promote healing, fight sickness and advance health. We have access to the most advanced technology in western medicine and we make do with the most basic resources in developing countries. We care for the very young and the very old, the disenfranchised and diseased. We care without imposing judgment and we advocate for those without voice.
We are teachers and philosophers, councellors and confidantes, mentors, experts and leaders. We are team players and negotiators, we are unwavering in ensuring our clients right to self-determination and choice. We care about humanity, the environment, social justice and freedom of speech. We are lobbyists and conscientious objectors. We are often stereotyped and we are frequently objectified but respond with dignity and professionalism. We are run off our feet but will sit quietly by the bedside of someone who needs our time and our caring.
To all nurses everywhere. I wish you health and happiness. I hope you are safe. And I hope wherever you are, you receive the respect and acknowledgement you deserve.
With love and recognition
Allison Willis, A Nurse