A Thank You Letter to Our Nurses

collage of licensed practical nurses for national nursing week and international nurses day

Dear Nurses,

In December of 2019, the world met a new enemy, and you were ready to fight. Ever since the onset of the global pandemic we now call COVID-19, you have bravely fought the battle against this new ruthless enemy for us. And even before then, you were there for us whenever we were sick or weak.

Nurses are amazing. You go fearlessly marching towards danger on the front lines to help save every life you can. You work hours on end in the morning, evening, and even at night with little to no time to rest – we know how tired you are. We know how much you sacrifice and the hours of sleep you lose to fight the battle. However, your hard work does not go unnoticed. We are grateful for every day, hour, and even second you spend helping others.

We know how much you care about your patients, their families, and even how their day is going. You always check up on us to make sure we’re comfortable and doing well, in spite of circumstances. You always put your patients first and we know that sometimes, you can’t even go home to your own loved ones because you want to keep them safe too.

We are beyond thankful for each and every one of you. Without nurses and all of our health care heroes, the world would be a much darker place. Who would be there to help us when we call? Who would be there to support us and comfort us in times when we are sick? There are no words to describe how truly grateful the world is for all of you nurses.

Nursing is so much more than just a career. It’s also a passion and one that can stem into teaching. In truth, it is not until we find ourselves in a situation of need that we truly understand what is essential. As this pandemic adds pressure to an already strained healthcare system, the shortfall in essential worker numbers is felt by everyone. The importance of what our instructors do, as educators graduating skilled, caring, and compassionate people to meet these needs is never more evident than now.

You are amazing. Strong. Dedicated. Incredible. A champion. Devoted. Extraordinary. You are our real-life superheroes. We are forever grateful for you and your work. Your kindness and selfless hearts make a difference on us – whether you realize it or not.

With the greatest sincerity,

Sprott Shaw College

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau (Rather, 2014).

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