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What do you see nurses.. A NURSE REPLIES

What do you see? You ask what do we see?
Yes, we are thinking, when looking at thee.
We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss.
But there are so many of you and too few of us.
We would like far more time to sit and to talk;
to bathe you and feed you and help you to walk;
to hear of your lives and the things you have done;
your childhood, your husband, your daughter,
your son.

But time is against us, there's too much to do;
patients too many and nurses too few.
We grieve when we see you so sad and alone,
with nobody near you; no friends of your own.
We feel all your pain and know all your fear;
that nobody cares now that your end is so near.

But nurses are people with feelings as well;
and when we're together you'll often hear tell -
of the dearest old Gran in the very end bed,
and the lovely old Dad and the things that he said.
We speak with compassion and love and feel sad
when we think of your lives and the joys that you've had.
When the time has arrived for you to depart,
you leave us behind with an ache in our heart.

When you sleep the long sleep, no worry or care,
there are other old people and we must be there.
So please understand if we hurry and fuss,
there are so many of you and so few of US!

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Remember this poem when you next meet an old person, whom you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within .....
YOU will one day be there, too!

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