In the midst of this ongoing pandemic, it was so very uplifting to see in the Winnipeg Free Press last week a column written by Michael Wilson, the minister at Charleswood United Church.
He saw up close the work of our members while visiting his sister in hospital who is undergoing cancer treatment. Below is the link to the full column, but there may be a pay wall, so here is an excerpt:
It is not as though I am unfamiliar with the work of nurses. There have been many times, over the course of my career In the midst of this ongoing pandemic, it was so very uplifting to see in the Winnipeg Free Press last week a column written by Michael Wilson, the minister at Charleswood United Church.
, that I have had the privilege of sitting with families in hospital rooms, in the presence of someone who was ill or dying. I have listened to their testimonies and stories of the care they have received. And I have heard stories of disappointment, too, lest we forget nurses are human beings and our expectations can run too high.
But I have seen how the comfort provided by a nurse can restore hope or ease the sting of grief.
Still, my eyes were opened last week as I witnessed these professionals of the nursing sciences function in such a multitude of disciplines, for several patients all at the same time. It is not an understatement to say that my sister’s life was in their hands. And she could not have trusted them more.
To be loving and caring in one’s work is a gift that we would like to experience in all manner of professions. We hope that we would experience it in nurses as well as teachers, plumbers, waitresses, accountants, bus drivers, grocery clerks, postal workers, receptionists, and even pastors. Compassion is a gift to be nurtured in anyone doing anything.
But sometimes a “gift” is realized only by study, discipline, years of preparation, rigorous intellectual pursuit and professional integrity.
I think nursing is a gift from God. And for it I am deeply thankful.
Via our social media channels, we called for the public to share with us their experiences where a nurse led with compassion and care. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages to read the stories that the public has shared with us. It’s boosting our collective spirits!