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Helping Hands: Critical Care Nurse pens touching poem in recognition of colleagues for International Nurses Day

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde critical care worker has written a poem to recognise the hard work and dedication of colleagues as part of International Nurses Day 2021.

Senior Charge Nurse, Ruth Wilson, tells the tale of a nurse’s role through ‘Helping Hands’ which outlines the huge remit and responsibility of nurses in providing day-to-day care in the health sector.

Ruth, 55 from Ayrshire who has worked as a nurse for more than 36 years, sees first-hand how colleagues look after patients on a day-to-day basis, with the spotlight on them now, more than ever before. 

Ruth said: “I like to write poetry in my spare time and it seemed fitting that for this year’s International Nurses Day that I wrote something which resonated with colleagues and reflected their hard work, not just during the pandemic, but year-round year after year.

“Delivering person centred care lies at the heart of everything we do at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and being a nurse I think embodies this principle. I hope people enjoy the poem and take something positive away from it.”

Helping Hands

 

At the start of the day, hands are washed before countless nursing tasks

Protecting ourselves with hand hygiene and professionally fitted masks

 

These hands will wash patients, write careplans, and administer medication

They will clean surfaces and equipment with total dedication

 

These hands will give out meals, make beds, and answer numerous telephone calls

They will guide and support mobilising patients in order to prevent falls

 

These hands will pour cups of tea, tie up linen, and empty patient bedpans

They will secure pumps and equipment to gleaming drip stands

 

These hands will feed and clothe, perform oral hygiene and comb hair

They will fill out fluid balance charts and give regular catheter care

 

These hands will take notes on ward rounds, and order things on “Trak”

They will dispense analgesia, offer a massage or give a soothing ice pack

 

These hands will organise flowers, open cards and tidy the place

They will dress wounds, cut nails, moisturise patient’s bodies and their face

 

These hands will soothe fevered brows through the comfort of touch

They will wipe away tears when it all gets too much

 

These hands will perform CPR and airway skills and really without much thought

Will automatically pilot to the resuscitation skills they were taught

 

They will support relatives with bad news, and patients will be allowed to cry

They will perform last offices when their patients die

 

They will sign discharge letters when people are getting home

They will clean all the surfaces shinier than chrome

 

These hands are priceless hands, helping hands, the hands you hope are there

If you ever get sick yourself, you want hands that care.

 

Ruth Wilson

 

 

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Last Updated: 14 May 2021