“So you’re a nurse?….how much do you make?”

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This is from my angel wife Sharon, who happens to be a Registered Nurse: death in hospitalThis story was posted in our weekly department newsletter and it made me cry.  As nurses, we do not often get thanked for all the hard work and long hours we put in.  I want to thank the author of this story, whoever you are.  

Somebody asked:  “You’re a nurse?!?  That’s cool.  I wanted to do that when I was a kid.  How much do you make?”  The nurse replied : “ How much do I make?  I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in the world when you’re scared.  I can make your child breathe when they stop…I can help your father survive a heart attack.  I can make myself get up at 5am to make sure your mother has the medicine she needs to live.  I work all day to save the lives of strangers.  I make my family wait for dinner until I know your family member is taken care of.  I skip lunch so that I can make sure that everything I did for your wife today is charted.  I work weekends and holidays because people don’t get sick Monday thru Friday.  Today I might save your life.  How much do I make?  All I know is… I make a difference.

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