I was asked the other day by a student what I thought it took to be a really good nurse. He talked of various skill sets. I told him in my opinion it all had to do with the way the nurse percieved the human before them:
You need to not care whether their personalities are grumpy,
You need to not care about their beliefs,
To be a good nurse you need to see under all that to the deeper reality.
You need to care for the real human under all that…the true essence that exists in us all.
You need to see them the day they were born in all their perfection before life bent them in whatever direction.
The essential them that has loved,
felt overwhelming despair and hopefully,
To be a good nurse you need to connect with the essence of the human before you then
lend them your shoulder to lean on,
share with them your healing skills, and
let them know they are not alone.