Nurses Make the World Go Round: Upload Your Favorite Photos to Say Thanks

By Angie McPherson

February 19, 2016

Last week my husband and I spent several days in the hospital; it was the longest either of us have ever spent with doctors and nurses. After two nights sleeping in hospital chairs, relying on the medical staff to tell us what to do and how to eat for my husband’s newly diagnosed condition, I came to respect and appreciate nurses in a way I never had before.

My mother has been a labor and delivery nurse my entire life, yet somehow it eluded me how much time, energy, and love goes into the work she does every day. Unlike the work I do behind a computer, her job in the hospital directly touches people’s lives—and I know now how much her patients impact her as well.

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Argentinian UN peacekeeper provides medical services at the Argentine Hospital

An Argentinian UN peacekeeper provides medical services at the Argentine Hospital. Photo by UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The nurse we had in the intensive care unit stayed with us in the room when we were nervous, she hunted down a sleeper chair once she realized I’d slept in a folding chair the night before, she emptied bedpans, and lovingly wrote notes on our board to make us smile. When we were weak, she was there to help us through, and for that I’m very grateful.

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According to the 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) Statistical Report, there are an estimated 19.3 million nurses and midwives around the world. That’s tens millions of people who put their lives in danger to help protect their communities, and yet not nearly enough to help support the hundreds of millions of people who fall ill every year; especially in countries where many people don’t have access to local medical facilities.

So thankful to my mom for being a strong woman, my personal nurse, and my biggest supporter. #RNsRock http://bit.ly/1KuZynX

Posted by Angie McPherson on Friday, February 19, 2016

Take Action Challenge

In order to celebrate the work of many nurses around the world, we’d like to publish a photo essay of photos of your favorite nurses. Please upload a photo of your favorite nurses on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag them with #RNsRock.

See our favorite photos from #RNsRock so far. 

Lead photo of  a nurse from the NGO World Vision providing polio vaccination given by the World Health Organization to displaced children in the UNAMID base in Khor Abeche, South Darfur. Photo by UN Photo/Albert González Farran

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