Little Big Things that Inspire Me

Something great about inspirational moments is that they take you by surprise. You can’t really schedule them into your day.

They just come along randomly, like when a sunset takes your breath away, or when you hold a new baby on your chest.

I get inspired by other nurses almost every day. Usually it’s by little things that are said  or done but are not really  little at all.


The Message

The other day, I was honored to get this message on social media from a new nurse. I’ll call her Mei. Mei is from Japan, has only been in the United States for about a year and was describing a day she’d had with a patient.

Inspiring Nurse Mei

Inspiring Nurse Mei

I had a patient who was suffering from intensive pain around rectal area due to post op infection. Patient was crying each time after she had bowel movement and mentioned that this is the worst time in her life. I spend time with her more than other patient and listened to her concerns and encouraged her. Sometimes I cried with her and prayed together upon her request. I also offered sitz bath and asked doctor if she could get a stool softener. Each time when I went to her room, I made sure she had everything she needs. In the ends, the patient told me that she was going to lose her hope, but my positive approach encouraged her and she did not lose her hope.”

I know it’s a small thing- a nurse helping a patient who was having painful bowel movements. Not as dramatic as delivering a baby in the parking lot, or rushing a patient with an MI to Cath Lab in time to save his life. Just a nurse doing her daily job.

But what a life changer Mei was for her patient that day. Anyone can prepare a sitz bath order a stool softener. But cry with your patient? Pray with your patient? Listen, encourage and care for her? That’s a nurse.

Thank you, Mei  You cared your patient to wellness  You inspire me and make me proud to be a nurse 

What the Doctor said about this Nurse


Then later this week, I read the following from Dr. Jordan Grumet, in his review of Kati Kleber’s book “Becoming Nursey”. Kati is also know as NurseEyeRoll on Twitter and social media. Kati herself is inspiring to thousands of nurses by sharing her experience from being a new grad to becoming an expert neuro nurse.

Inspiring Nurse Kati Kleber

Inspiring Kati Kleber

Aside from urging nurses and medical residents alike to read Kati’s book (I concur, I got mine on Kindle from Amazon), Dr. Grumet said,

“I could never be a nurse.  It’s just too hard.  Not only do they have to physically take care of patients (and their body fluids and waste products) but emotionally support said patients, their families, their doctors, and supervise an army of certified nursing aids.  Did I mention that they also must diagnose, manage, and  monitor disease in real time?”

Now there’s some nurse appreciation! And understanding of what nurses do. We stand guard, we coordinate, we manage, we provide emotional support.

All while passing meds on time, re-starting IVs, and making sure VTE prophylaxis was ordered.

I like that Dr. Jordan used the word diagnose. As nurses, we never use the word diagnosis to describe what we do. And we are not trained to diagnose.

But we all know that we do diagnose, all day, every shift. Nurse joke: An open protruding tibia is an Alteration in Skin Integrity (code for fracture).

Thank goodness we do diagnose, because a patient with congestive heart failure who is suddenly short of breath with bilateral rales and is 3000 ccs ahead on their 24 hr intake and output is in acute ___________ and needs some IV ________ stat.

Good job, you just “diagnosed, managed and monitored disease in real time”.

Thank you, Dr. Jordan You inspired me by validating what we do


Until next time friend,

Nurse Beth

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About Beth Hawkes

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Nurse Beth (Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC), is a nursing career specialist and blogs at She's also the author of Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job. If you have ever submitted a resume or interviewed and never heard back, this book is for you. You will learn why never to say “I’m a perfectionist” when asked “What’s your greatest weakness?” You will be given insider tips and discover what nurse managers are really looking for in a candidate. Filled with real life examples and testimonials, “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job” truly is the ultimate guide to composing winning cover letters, essays, resumes-and landing a nursing job. Available at Amazon.