Most days at work, we, nurses, have a long list of tasks keeping our mind on a set schedule to get everything done for each patient by the end of our shift. It is the nature of the job as the caretaker for your patients. I don’t say this with complaint but to be matter of fact. Morning/afternoon/evening medicines, insulin with meals based off blood sugars, dressing changes, turning and changing patients, charting, and the list goes on. It is compounded by always ensuring heart rates, blood pressures, and symptoms are under control. The final piece is the requests from patients and families. As much as I want each patient to have a sprite or snack, there could be a time or two in which I may forget only because of something more pressing. As much as I try to be the very best nurse as I can, I am also only human. I will never forget to watch your heart rate or blood pressure before administering a medicine; however, I can’t promise that I might not forget a Sprite, water, snack, or blanket every now and then.
One of the biggest traits I hope my patients can extend towards me is not just respect, but grace: grace when I am slammed and forget snacks, grace when I can’t show up with pain medicine right as I hang up the call light, and grace when the condition of another patient calls my attention from another. As a Christian, we are always receiving grace that is undeserved from Jesus. The act of being offered forgiveness freely is such a gift and should not be taken for granted. Therefore, it should be given freely. In Romans 3:24, Paul says, “And all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). It is a free gift that comes from just saying YES to Jesus. We’ve been freely given grace; therefore, it should be extended in a freeing way rather than a resentful way. We never deserve such a gift, but it is our duty to extend this grace as the Lord extended grace to us.
I do not say this in a one way sense, but as the nurse, I too promise to give grace freely in the midst of the patient’s a difficult circumstance and strange environment. I promise to gently and respectfully understand if grace is not the first foot put forward during such a challenging time. I still will extend free grace and understand each scenario.
Forgive freely as Jesus did and as you would want someone to do if you made the mistake. In the midst of trying our hardest to be the best nurse or the best patient, sometimes we make mistakes. How reassuring is it to know that grace is freely given by Jesus in those mistakes JUST as it can be extended freely by others.
I pray this week for more grace in the everyday. It would be a beautiful world if our natural reaction was forgiveness rather than other negative emotions towards others!