As a nurse, do you ever think about why you do what you do? What keeps you coming back day after day to help others? This poem written by a nurse seems to sum up these questions, what do you think?


It is my duty

(By: Dawn Butler, RN)


I walk through those doors with pride,

Whose life will I save tonight?

Someone is waiting for me,

Someone is alive today because of my duty.

Sometimes we cry because we can’t save them all,

God sometimes won’t let us interfere when he calls.

A baby’s first breath when he looks at me,

The joy of my first delivery.

The tear I wipe away with my own hands,

The life ending of a gentle old man.

The night seems so dark and the morning so bright.

Being a nurse you see life in a different light.

Who will I save tonight?

Who will hold my hand during their last breath with no fright?

Who will enter this world on my shift?

How many mothers will greet their babies with a kiss?

I don’t know who these special people are

But i will meet them with every call

I will hold them tight and help the pain

I will hold them up when they feel faint.

I will be strong when I am needed

That is my job, I am a nurse. That is my duty.