We. Would. Not. Be. Here. Without. Nurses. Full stop.
In the best of times, nurses are the overworked, under-appreciated backbone of our healthcare system. When I have been in the hospital as a patient, a family member, a pastor, or a friend nurses kept the ball rolling. RNs, LPNs, CNAs - we would be hopeless without their contributions. And when a pandemic comes... they show their commitment and dedication for caring for us in heroic ways.
In 2009, I suffered a miscarriage and was hospitalized. Big respect to the doctors - but it was a nurse who sat with me and held my hand as I cried. It was a nurse that told me the stories of so many women who experience what I experienced. It was a nurse who told me as I left that she looked forward to seeing me there again in labor and delivery. Her name was Annie and I will never forget her. Annie had a very busy floor with lots of women to care for. Some were jubilant, some were devastated, some were terrified, others anxious. She floated in and out of all our rooms, through all of those piles of emotion, and engaged us where we were and helped us to heal.
Show a nurse your appreciation
Each day, I am going to share about nurses on social media. I hope you will join in the celebration. Let's shower our nurses with love and appreciation. They are tired. So, so tired. Let's show them that their efforts are noticed.
Also - I'm all in if someone wants to get a parade together...
Your Partner In Spiritual Health,
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Hi, my name is Melissa Ebken, and I'm so glad you found your way here.
I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to support those who work to grow themselves. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I create a safe space for people, especially those who have been marginalized, where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit, and to experience the difference that makes in life.
I started the Pursuing Uncomfortable Podcast to share the stories of people who have faced life's most difficult challenges, to inspire you to lean into and overcome your own. It's helpful to know that you're not alone in your struggles and to see how others have navigated similar circumstances. You can listen to it here.
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