Nurses are Invaluable to Healthcare

Given that the Labor Day holiday was celebrated in the U.S. earlier this week, it represents a good time to pause and reflect on the work nurses and those in the nursing profession do every day, worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates there are 20.7 million nurses and midwives in the world. Nursing is a calling; it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It is a labor of love.

In Galatians 5:13, the Lord tells us to “serve one another humbly in love.” It’s not even a question that caring for others can be tough. Even more so for those who have chosen to become nurses and midwives, especially where the work setting can be most challenging – low nurse-patient ratios, meds/supplies shortages, low staff morale; all can impact your ability to provide quality care.

Nursing is uniquely challenging and rewarding.

“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

So, no matter your role as a nurse or midwife, clinician or educator, administrator or leader or student, take a moment to reflect on why you became (or are becoming) a nurse or midwife. Acknowledge the significance of the work you do every day. Equally important, lift up a colleague to help him or her recognize the value of their work. And together, appreciate how you are uniquely positioned to truly impact the lives of patients and their families in your care.

Thank you for all you do and for being a part of global nursing development!

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Yours in Nursing,


Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
MBF Center for Global Nursing Development