I have been a nurse for over 12 years. I have worked on busy surgical wards, as a community nurse and as a practice nurse. I am very proud to say that I am a nurse and privileged to be part of the caring profession.
The advances in medicine and surgery, even in my lifetime, have been little short of breath-taking. But there is something I knew instinctively, something that working as a nurse confirmed for me daily, something I'm sure that will ring true for many people reading this. It’s something I’ll share with you but I know you know it already:
No matter what advances we have made (and will make) in medicine, there is nothing now, nor will there be anything, nor can there ever be anything to replace the very human experience of being cared for by someone kindly, compassionately and warmly.
I get to know all our care and support workers and I judge them by those three very basic human qualities. The equation is simple: you cannot care for another if you are incapable of kindness, compassion and warmth.