I had such a wonderful and fun time today. I got to speak with a group of student nurses at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital here in Pittsburgh.
I had the opportunity to share with them what transplant is like from the patient’s perspective. It gave them the chance to see through my eyes what it is like to go through evaluation, “getting the call”, and the transplant itself. I told them how very important the nurses are to our recovery. We need you to be kind, gentle, encouraging and firm when we need a kick in the butt – and believe me we need a kick in the butt several times and at times a confidant and protector. Can you handle that? The nurses I met today certainly fit the bill.
What I really wanted to convey is that nurses are the front line in our recovery and our advocate with the doctors. I honor all nurses!!! It is a tough job and a job that requires a person of kindness who sees this as a profession that heals. If there is someone who views nursing as “just a job” then you need to find another JOB.
Huge thanks to Robin their nurse instructor who invited me to speak and to students Amanda, Sarah, Theresa, Danielle, Courtney, Tori, Nicole and Emily!!! You made my day. My prayer is that when you graduate you will be that bright light that brings healing and comfort to those who need it most. Know that you are greatly appreciated!
With my love and gratitude for you all,
April 2, 2015