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The heart of a nurse
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:45 PM

By Jim Langham

As recently as this weekend, I visited a friend from our congregation in a local hospital. During the course of our visit and subsequent prayer, a nurse came into the room, at first was going to dismiss herself until our visit was over, but stayed and shared in the conversation by our invitation.

During her visit, he was gently questioned about his pain level, administered the meds that he needed and was given the opportunity to express any other needs at the time. But, what really impressed me was the friendly effort she made to connect with his concerns and interests and how effectively she was able to do that.

This week is suggested by area hospitals as, “National Nurses Week.” The thought of that immediately gripped my heart as I thought of all of the “compassionate nurse moments” I have witnessed over the years.