Webster’s Dictionary defines COMPASSION as the “sympathetic
pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others”.
What other job description would emulate this definition better than nursing?
Compassionate care means being non-judgmental. It means holding the hand
of the parent who has just been told that their child has been diagnosed
with cancer. It means holding the hand of that same child and explaining
the next procedure to them, no matter how long it takes or how many questions
they may have.
It means taking the time to answer a parent’s questions, even on
your busiest day. It means a warm smile, even when you don’t feel
like it. It means having a genuine concern for your patients and their
welfare. It means tolerance. It means being empathetic for others. It
means being kind. It means caring for and treating the person, not the illness.
Compassionate nursing does not start and end on the time clock. It means
thinking about and praying for that patient that lost their family member
today as you travel home from work. It means not taking a lunch or bathroom
break when it’s time because your patient needs you more. It means
being loyal to your patients, your co-workers, and yourself. It means
being humorous when it’s appropriate. Being a compassionate nurse
means you will laugh, cry, and scream; sometimes all in the same day.