National Nurses Week

- by Michelle Brownlee

“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou

Recently, I had the unusual experience of having a child during a pandemic. I was anxious and scared, but not because of the birth-because of the uncertainty. Many hospitals forbade partners in the hospital for everyone’s safety, and I was terrified my hospital would say the same (luckily, they did not). As the virus became a pandemic nurses kept me calm every step of the way, masking their own anxiety and fears. When my husband and I got to the hospital, the nurses asked about my greatest fear about giving birth. Unsurprisingly, my answer was uncertainty, and ensuring the safety of my family.

One nurse told me to focus on one thing at a time. Just that simple statement reminded me to be present for this experience, there would be plenty of time to worry later. I am so grateful for the calm nature of all the nurses that took care of me- from those who helped deliver my healthy baby girl to those helping in the less exciting and less glamorous aftermath of birth.

These women and men give the best of themselves to complete strangers who may not remember their name. However, I am a testament that I will always remember how they made me feel. In honor of National Nurses Week I want to say thank you. Special thanks to those on the front lines during this pandemic, working tirelessly to serve others even when that means putting yourself at risk. The communal “we” are lucky to have you!

Please join {save} in celebrating nurses with a Facebook and Instagram giveaway. Tag your favorite nurse (or yourself) for your chance to win one of 40 gift cards valued at $30 each! Drawing will be May 13th.

Stay safe and healthy!

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