There are few professions that make a person's life better on a daily basis. Nursing is one of them.
Tending to patients' needs and conferring with doctors traditionally have been what many people view as the role of nurses. However, in the past few decades, nursing careers have expanded to cover so much more.
In Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur and Pocahontas counties, there are a total of 935 registered nurses and 407 licensed practical nurses. While the majority of them are employed in a hospital setting, others work in doctor's offices, schools, in-home care and education, among other areas. They're not only giving care, but coordinating care. Many of them are speaking out for patients' rights and improvements in health care.
Nationally, most people have confidence in nurses. According to the American Nurses Association, nurses consistently rank at the top of an annual Gallup poll as the most trusted profession.
Nursing is more than a career, it's a way of life, and it takes a special kind of person to fulfill that mission. "Advocating, Leading, Caring" is this year's theme for National Nurses Week being celebrated through Saturday. It's a good time to show appreciation to a nurse in your family or one who's cared for you.