“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
This week it was announced that for the 23rd year running, nurses are Australia’s most highly regarded profession.
Nurses were rated as ‘very high’ or ‘high’ for their ethics and honesty by 94 per cent of Australians, up two per cent from last year.
In the history of the survey, no other profession has ever rated higher than 89 per cent.
Following nurses, were doctors, pharmacists, school teachers and then engineers.
And last place has been reserved for the same profession every single year since 1976, which was the first year the survey was conducted.
Unsurprisingly, it’s car salesmen.
LISTEN: Meshel Laurie speaks to a palliative care nurse on The Nitty Gritty Committee. Post continues below.
Interestingly, these results are not at all unique to Australia.
Nurses are ranked as the most ethical, honest, respected and trustworthy workers just about everywhere in the world. And that’s because it takes a special kind of person to choose to spend their lives caring for other people at their weakest – the old, the young, the sick, the broken and the mourning.
Nursing is not glamorous. There’s no Academy Awards for changing bed sheets, checking blood pressure or comforting a grieving family.
There is no medal for asking a 90-year-old dying of cancer how they are today or explaining a complicated diagnosis.
There are no trophies for the nurses who stay back to speak to a patient struggling with their mental health, or a pregnant woman who is panicking.
You cannot measure how well a human being cares for another human being, or how effectively they counsel the dying.