Nurses of­fer unique set of skills, ex­pe­ri­ence

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

I just read Mod­ern Health­care’s Top 25 Women in Health­care fea­ture (Mod­ern Health­care, April 27, p. 14). Six of them are reg­is­tered nurses. Why is that not noted? I know we nurses are not good at “toot­ing our own horns,” but our back­ground and train­ing give us a skill set that is unique to any other pro­fes­sion. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion, to­tal hu­man con­di­tion, pro­vid­ing care from birth to death and a host of other skills are learned, prac­ticed and add to the life ex­pe­ri­ence that is part of who reg­is­tered nurses are.

As I told an 81-year-old friend who re­marked that she “used to be a nurse,” I said, no, you are not prac­tic­ing, but you will al­ways be a nurse.

Geri Tier­ney, RN

As­sis­tant pro­fes­sor

Pikes Peak Com­mu­nity Col­lege

Colorado Springs, Colo.

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