We’ve all heard it countless times: when someone says they are “just” a mom…or a teacher…or a nurse. Even though these professions are at the very core of keeping our society healthy, literally and figuratively, many greatly undervalue these vital lines of work.
Sometimes, that even extends to the actual practitioners, but not in the case of Caitlin Brassington, a nurse who happened to run into an acquaintance coming home from work while still in her hospital scrubs.
“She [had] never seen me in uniform and said that she didn’t [know] I was ‘just a nurse,’” Brassington wrote on her Facebook page later.
It was hardly the first time the medical pro had heard this diminution of her highly trained and skilled occupation. With 18 years in nursing under her belt, Caitlin still felt the comment’s sting coming from someone she knew, no less.
After all, if people who knew her saw her this way, how did the world at large view the critical nursing industry, which often expedites the hardest part of the healing process for hospital patients?
Noting in her post that nurses both bring life in and help it to go out gently, Brassington explained that included in her job description is everything from breathing literal life back into patients via CPR all the way to helping those who have just lost a beloved friend or relative to absorb the sad reality that has just occurred.
“I am the medical officers’ eyes, ears and hands with the ability to assess, treat and manage your illness, and yet I am just a nurse,” she wrote defiantly.
Brassington further noted that those in her chosen profession often forego spending time with their own families on major holidays to be able to help complete strangers heal and move forward.
“I have the experience and knowledge that has saved people’s lives,” she wrote, adding that “… if I am just a nurse, then I am ridiculously proud to be one!”
So scrub the word “just” from your own job description, and that of others. We can all learn from Brassington to value our own talents and skill sets, and to appreciate those that others bring to the table that we do not have ourselves.
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