As I said in my bio, I am a cardiac nurse at Saint Thomas West Hospital. Above are pictures of some of my fabulous coworkers that I get to work with. As a nurse, I am around patients and families experiencing hardships and vulnerable moments. Recently, I have felt even more burdened by especially difficult news, challenging outcomes, and hard realities. Being in these moments, it is hard to know what to say, and even harder to be the one experiencing it. Such hardships like death and suffering are contrary to the original design. The Lord wanted for us to be surrounded by perfect beauty, but unfortunately evil did enter the world. This is one of the hardest parts of nursing: meeting and caring for those who are experiencing tragedy through sickness and death. We are thrown into the midst of vulnerable times with our patients, and though this is HARD, it can also be one of the greatest honors that I do not take lightly as a nurse.
We were made for relationship, and we were not designed to go through life – including tragedy and grief alone. In John 14: 26-27, Jesus says, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:26-27). The Holy Spirit is in our midst everywhere, and It brings peace in the midst of our storms. In tragedy and hardship, we have the Holy Spirit with us. As a nurse in these hard moments, I am entering in to such a vulnerable time of a patient’s life, and my role is not just handing them medicine. I believe my role is far much greater than that. It is being the hands and feet of Jesus for them. It is caring with my whole heart, and extending the message with my actions that they are not alone in this hard time.
Whether there is a tragedy one of my patients going through, a tragedy of someone I know: close or distant, or a tragedy that I am going through, it is never easy to know what to say or how to exhibit a caring spirit. Often, words cannot help those who are grieving because no one has the magic words to take the pain or evil away. However, our presence and our prayers are important. Being present in the moment can be an avenue to show he/she is not alone. Though words cannot always help, prayer can. Pray for the Lord’s peace and comfort in the life of the one suffering, and for that peace and comfort to drown out all the misunderstanding and anger. Instead of seeing nursing as a job, nursing can be seen as an honor. Nursing is a hard job, but it can also be one of the most rewarding under this perspective. I cherish the opportunity to convey the comforting fact that we are not alone, and I cherish the opportunity to exhibit the Holy Spirit to my patients in the midst of uncertainty, pain, and anxiety.
This week my prayers are with anyone going through suffering and hardship. I pray that through the hardship, Jesus meets you where you are at, and His peace and comfort drown out all the anger, suffering, and sorrow. You are not alone in your sufferings. The Lord is in our midst.