Over her 18-year career as a nurse, Caitlin Brassington has helped countless Australians and heard the same three words countless times.
Despite her life-saving skills and selfless dedication, people insist on referring to her as “just a nurse”.
“I am just home from a busy shift, looking very ordinary in my scrubs. On the way home today I stopped at the shop for milk and saw an acquaintance. She has never seen me in uniform and said that she didn’t realise I was ‘just a nurse’,” Caitlin began a recent Facebook post.
“I have heard this phrase many, many times, but today it got to me. Am I just a nurse?”
Like all nurses, Caitlin consistently puts her patients first.
She has missed Christmases and even her own children’s birthdays for her work.
“I have helped babies into the world, many of whom needed assistance to take their first breath, and yet I am just a nurse,” she writes.
“I have held patients’ hands and ensured their dignity while they take their last breath, and yet I am just a nurse. I have counselled grieving parents after the loss of a child, and yet I am just a nurse. I have performed CPR on patients and brought them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse.
“I have the experience and knowledge that has saved people’s lives. So, if I am just a nurse, then I am ridiculously proud to be one!”
"I have the experience and knowledge that has saved people's lives." Source: iStock
The post has already been liked hundreds of times.
To Caitlin, and all nurses around the country: thank you.