Value the professional healthcare services you have
Healthcare one of the most valuable assets in every community’s value chain, and even more critical in times of drought. All too often people take for granted what they already have, or worse still they discount the value of people and services already provided. The following story may help to get the message across.
About nurses, someone asked: “You’re a nurse? That’s cool; I wanted to do that when I was a kid. How much do you make”?
“The nurse replied how much do you make? I can make holding your hand like the most critical thing in the world when you’re scared. I can make your child breathe again when they stop. I can help your father survive a heart attack. I can make myself wake up at 5 am to make sure your mother has medication she needs to live.
I work all day to save the lives of strangers. I make my family wait for dinner until I make sure your family member is taken care of correctly. I make myself skip lunch, so I make sure everything I did for your wife has been chartered accurately. I make myself work weekends and holidays because people don’t just get sick Monday through to Friday. Today I might save your life! How much do I make? All I know is I make a difference”. Author unknown
Encourage the healthcare professionals in your community
Becoming a nurse is one of the most selfless acts a person can undertake. In a society of so many different races, cultures, customs, and beliefs, nurses are a universal gift to every community.
Staying at home with the help of our carers could be the key to keeping independent lifestyle and retaining our older community members. While every person has different needs, in-home services empower people to live life on your terms.
The dedicated work healthcare professionals do and the kindness they deliver daily should serve as a reminder of the humanity inside us all. I am so proud of my wife who was a nurse and has saved my life several times.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia
“Organizing healthcare information is a daunting task, but it is not an impossible task. We’ve had people walk on the moon. This is a lot more doable”. Bill Maris