A reflection on what I do for a living

Posted on July 16, 2011

A writer and a poet I am not
I am just a scribbler
With a tiny passion
To express my thoughts in writings

Like a photographer
Who works his lens
And captures a perfect moment
With a click
So do I
A scribbler
Who play with words
And capture a perfect thought
With a pen

An oncology nurse is who I am
Chemotherapy is what I administer
From the calculation of drug dosages
To the meticulous reconstitution of drugs
And from the careful cannulation of veins
To the sterile access of central lines and ports
All these I do them best
They are my bread and butter
Needles, cannulas, syringes, worksheets and IV solutions
These are the toys I play with everyday at work

I feel my troubles pale in comparison
With the ones my patients have
They are warriors in life
Though it is sad that their lives may come to an end one day
What also matters is that they leave behind a legacy
A legacy of courage
A legacy of strength
A legacy of determination
A legacy of hope
These extraordinary human spirits
Are shown in their smiles and hellos
And lives have been touched because of them

I feel I am the strongest
When I am with them and serving them
It is my pleasure and honor
To walk with them
To hold their hands
To share their laughter
To wipe away their tears
They are all my heroes
Young and old

My very best is what I give to them
This piece is dedicated to all my cancer patients
To the ones who are here
And to the ones who have departed
With love and prayer always

Last edited by Adelene Tan on July 22, 2011, 1:36 pm


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5 responses to A reflection on what I do for a living

  1. Cool! You’ve landed.

    Nice to see your smiling face.  It must be a wonderful satisfaction to do the work you do every day.  I sense your feelings towards your patients.

    Now here is a puzzle for me:  I am not the only former EMS (medical) helicopter pilot, with bad memories of trying to work with bitter, twisted, malicious nurses.
    I wonder why some nurses keep their simple, human compassion, and why others "burn out" and become bitter and twisted?

    Hope you are figuring the workings of the webs site out okay.

    Good job. later…!

  2. Hi Francis,

    It’s my first time searching and attaching an image from the Internet for my written piece! I find that satisfying and exciting, it truly is icing on the cake! Thanks for the invitation to join this site. Like I once said, you’ve got an interesting website here.

    Thank you also for your comment on this piece. I do enjoy my work very much. With regards to why some nurses feel burned out or bitter: I think it may be due to over-working, fatigue, stress, or other more private and personal reasons not known to others. I can only hope they will feel happier somehow…somewhat. It’s not a pleasant feeling to be working under such "mood" every day.

    Yes, later Francis

  3. Good. Inserting images is a very good way to "enrich" your story.
    You can experiment in a million ways. I use "photobucket.com"

    The "background" setting is interesting. You need to use a very pale photo, very transparent.

    Here is a story in which I used 3 features:

    image
    YouTube video
    evoca audio cassette

    http://www.writersharbor.org/work_view.php?work=56

    And you can use hyperlinks anytime you want. For an example, look at my story

    TO MY BIG BROTHER

  4. Thanks for the tips, Francis! I shall try them out as I go along

    I will let you know if I need help

    Adelene

  5. Adelene, this is a beautifully written piece. I am also a nurse – surgical recovery at present and emergency before that. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our profession.
    Laura

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