A poem for Nurses Week

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Sometimes a patient will resist your efforts to show empathy.

Show empathy anyway.

Sometimes you will give of your heart, and people will call you weak and foolish.

Give of your heart anyway.

Sometimes you will love what you do, and others may be jealous or dismissive.

Love what you do anyway.

Sometimes you will care, and it will hurt.

Care anyway.

Sometimes you will forgive someone, and they will choose to hold a grudge.

Forgive them anyway.

Sometimes you will go the extra mile to help a colleague, and they will be too busy to say “thank you”.

Help them anyway.

Sometimes you will give your patients everything you have, and it won’t be enough.

Give everything you have anyway.

Sometimes you will take care of yourself, and people will try to make you feel guilty about it.

Take care of yourself anyway.

Sometimes you will be the best nurse you can be, and no one will acknowledge your efforts and accomplishments.

Be the best nurse you can be anyway.

Sometimes you will remember that while you have no control over what other people do, you can always be the person you want to be.

Be that person, no matter what other people choose to do.

Hat Tip to the poem "Anyway" made famous (but not actually written by) Mother Teresa.