Monday, May 9, 2011

Poem for Nurse Appreciation Week, May 6- May 12

A nurse is a healthcare professional who, in collaboration with other members of a health care team, is responsible for: treatment, safety, and recovery of acutely or chronically ill individuals; health promotion and maintenance within families, communities and populations; and, treatment of life-threatening emergencies in a wide range of health care settings. Nurses perform a wide range of clinical and non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care, and may also be involved in medical and nursing research. Nurses have been working in the professional field since ancient times. Both nursing roles and education were first defined by Florence Nightingale, following her experiences caring for the wounded in the Crimean War. Prior to this, nursing was thought to be a trade with few common practices or documented standards. Nightingale's concepts were used as a guide for establishing nursing schools at the beginning of the twentieth century, which were mostly hospital-based training programs emphasizing the development of a set of clinical skills.



In a Nurse's Life

Age makes destruction of minds--
stubborn machines.
Word salad is served with weather,
hooks to passing signals in the stratosphere.

L., in her 90s, leopard skin top,
no bottoms, one over the knee valentine's sock,
speaks sunshine and storm in the same breath.
She is looking for Ohio in Texas
not knowing what state she's in
or room.

T., is stalked by the devil,
paces the hall in fear,
wants to explain but can't.
A fist forms as his eyes cry out,
"Get me out of here!"

S., shouts obscenities,
demands his dead wife help him,
rises and falls from his wheelchair,
is caught before he is floored by reality
and physical pain.

Nurses hold hands with despair,
serve gentleness with sedation,
talk to the lights within.
Storms blow over, devils disappear.
Mother is waiting in the next room
to tuck them in.
A smile emerges through the clouds.
Compassion is the language
always understood.

Belinda Subraman


2 comments:

Philip Johnson said...

love every stanza. fantastic piece. as a care worker I have met most of these people and more - and, there's many a poem found in the things they say (and do)!!

Belinda Subraman Presents / Gypsy Art Show said...

Thank you, Philip.

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