Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

July/August 2008

July/August 2008

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Memoirs of Nursing: A Simple Shower

During Nursing Week 2008, RNAO invited members to share their nursing stories. RNs from across the province told us why they chose the profession and what they love most about what they do. Thank you for sharing your intimate tales of challenge, and offering a glimpse into your proudest moments. We know that every nurse has an incredible tale to tell, and we hope this small sampling of submissions will inspire you as much as it inspired us.

Like many nurses, I went into nursing to care for others. For years, I worked on an acute medicine unit, which included palliative care. It was not always easy taking care of palliative patients; however, it was what I found to be the most rewarding.

One time in particular, probably not even two years into my career, I was taking care of a woman in her 50s who was in the end stages of breast cancer. She desperately wanted a shower. I knew this was not going to be easy (given all her tubes) however, it was really important to her. As I gathered supplies, I realized this was no simple shower.