Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Not Quite The Farmers Daughter

Thursday, September 17, 2015

What is Talent? I'm cooking up the definition of the Talented Nurse

This is an unusual post for me to do. I'm that nurse who takes joy from taking care of people on all levels whether it be through my nursing practice or in the kitchen cooking up a great comfort meal. Getting united with my Nursing family I have gone through the familiar range of emotions prompted by a recent show of The View.  Michelle Collins cited that "doing your job is not a talent".  Joy Behar wanted to know why Miss Colorado was wearing "that costume" and a "doctor's stethoscope".  So let's take the mystery out of why Nursing is a talent for those who might be confused by the definition.  So I have listed  Webster's Definition of Talent at the bottom of this page.

You might ask yourself, where does Nursing fit into this definition?  Well let me assist those that may not quite know all that is required to be a nurse.  As a Registered Nurse for almost 20 years it takes a lot of time and yes, talent, to do what we do all day long.  Some nurses, just like TV talk show hosts, have more talent than others.  So how does talent form, it forms by having unending empathy, sympathy, compassion and an incredible capacity for critical thinking and medical knowledge.  It takes talent, to walk into one situation where you might be physically attacked by a patient due to many medical and/or psychological reasons only to be able to calm them down so that medical care can be given.  To the next moment, you walk out that door into the next room to help a family cope with a dying family member.  You left your previous experience at the door and now are making this next patient and family feel they are the center of your world.  Meanwhile, you have put aside that you still have many other patients to see, you haven't gone t the bathroom in 8 hours, and you certainly have not had a break or eaten lunch/dinner/midnight meal.  You don't have time to read your "e-mail", the stories you have aren't written down, they are burned into your memory due to the emotional significance or even the trauma of the experience you have just been through.

That "doctor's stethoscope.  It takes talent to differentiate between heart, lung and abdominal sounds.  It takes talent to understand medications and the pathophysiology that they create.  Did you know that many physicians will tell you that they use the "nurse's stethoscope"?  Did you know that nurses save physicians from making critical mistakes.  To be able to understand your position as a nurse and also the position of doctor does take talent.  Nurses spent 12 hours a day with a patient, doctor's typically spent anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes if they come see a patient at all on the inpatient level of care.  Did you know that some nurses go to school for up to 8 years depending on their field of study?

Nurses are an extremely talented group of people which is why nurses have united to speak up for who and what they are.  People need to understand that historically nurses have been very undervalued and the time for that is gone.  Value the people that have chosen to care for you in your time of need and their talent to do so.  Thank that nurse, they probably haven't eaten, gone to the bathroom, are missing their child's event and/or are missing out on a family gathering during a holiday.  We do this because we have a passion and talent for what we do.  #NursesUnite #NursesUnited #TheView #JoyBehar #MichelleCollins #WhoopiGoldberg

Thanks for taking the time to read my opinion.

Nurse Kelli


[tal-uh nt] 

a special natural ability or aptitude:
a talent for drawing.
a capacity for achievement or success; ability:
young men of talent.
a talented person:
The cast includes many of the theater's major talents.
a group of persons with special ability:
an exhibition of watercolors by the local talent.
Movies and Television. professional actors collectively, especially star performers.
a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30.
any of various ancient units of weight, as a unit of Palestine and Syria equal to 3000 shekels, or a unit of Greece equal to 6000 drachmas

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