Growing up, I remember a feeling of security regarding health and safety--not just the normal nurturing that most parents provide, but something more. My mom is a nurse, and I always got a sense of confidence and comfort from her during the many scrapes, bruises, and injured body parts that my brothers and I encountered.
I specifically remember the time when one of my brothers stepped on a rusty nail. I freaked out (as did he), yet my mom remained calm and orderly as she got out the medical kit and tended his wound and his spirit. And during the time when my other brother choked on a pretzel, she was equally calm yet firmly poised to deal with the situation.
Oh, and I can't forget about the time when one brother burned my other brother's face with the bulb from a hot lamp. Or when one brother dropped a bunk bed ladder on my cousin's head, which resulted in a trip to the ER. The list goes on and on, especially in a house with four boys, but I can always remember a feeling of order and control in my mother's aura, most likely since she had training as a nurse.
Now that I have my own kids, I'm grateful for the calm, focused, shake-it-off-you'll-be-ok example that my mom set for me. It's almost that I learned to live outside myself in the midst of some kind of medical situation, like when Kid A got a gash on his forehead a few years back (outside of the doctor's office, ironically). I was somehow able to deal with the situation at hand without panicking (though afterwards I was pretty emotional), thanks in part to my nurse-mother's voice in my head.
Where would we be without nurses? Johnson & Johnson is celebrating Amazing Nurses with a contest where you can nominate a special nurse that who's had an impact on your life of that of a friend or loved one.
You can learn more about the contest via the Facebook page, as well as nominate a nurse for an award. The winning
Amazing Nurse and his/her guest will attend the 2012 CNN Heroes: An
All-Star Tribute show in Los Angeles, courtesy of CNN. He or she will
also be honored in a video profile which will be screened before the
live audience at the show, and featured on the Nursing Notes by Johnson & Johnson Facebook page.(*Eligible Nominees for the Amazing Nurses contest must be a Registered Nurse(RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) who currently administers direct patient care.)
The entry period ends soon, June 29th, so don't delay!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom CentralConsulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time