Why Nurses Are Truly Angels On Earth

Why Nurses Are Truly Angels On Earth

Nurses have to have it all.
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I believe that nurses are truly angels on Earth. Nurses dedicate their working lives to helping heal those who are sick and injured. I think that we have all seen the hard work of a nurse first hand, whether that be in a hospital, a doctor's office or a nursing home. Being a nurse is more than just a job; it is a service to those in need and I think that it would always be a rewarding experience.

In my opinion, nurses are some of the most hard-working professionals out there. They often work long shifts on their feet, sometimes having to lift people in their beds to adjust them, help people up who have fallen and use their heavy lifting skills in other various situations. Because of the physically straining work that they perform throughout their careers, sometimes nurses retire with physical health problems of their own. Nurses also have to be quick in whatever they do because there is always another patient waiting who needs medication, water, or help getting to the bathroom. The mental capacity and memory of a nurse is outstanding too. I know this because I used to volunteer at a hospital, and I remember patients asking for water or a snack and me having to check in with their assigned nurse if that was okay. This is because each patient has their own dietary needs and restrictions, and all of the nurses had the restrictions down pat for each patient they had. Memorizing these restrictions was an impressive feat, because there are so many varying specifics for each patient, and remembering something like this falsely could make the patient ill.

Nurses have a very mentally straining job too. They have to be compassionate and patient with each of their patients, even when it is hardest. It doesn't matter if the nurse is having a bad day, because when they walk into the patients room, they have to smile and cater to all of the patients needs. When someone is in the hospital, they can be in pain, scared, tired and anxious and nurses have to try and calm their nerves and make the patients trust they they are in good hands. Since hospitals are full of sick and injured people, whose lives are changing in front of their own eyes, the situations that nurses deal with can be so heartbreaking, yet they have to keep their composure and be the strong rock for the patient and their family. Many of us will cry during a sad movie, when one of the characters gets cancer, or dies a fatal accident. Now imagine dealing with these movie characters as real live people everyday at work. It must be exhausting.

Next time you see a nurse in whatever medical setting it may be, think about how much work they have to do and the pressure that is on them to do it. Appreciate the work that they have dedicated their lives to doing.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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3 Things i learned at pride in NYC

The people, the flags, and the glitter are even more magical in person.

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On Sunday, June 24th, my girlfriend, my best friend and I, all hopped on a train to the World Trade Center in New York City. After a short subway ride, we arrived at 16th Street, where the parade festivities began. Dressed in our decked out rainbow attire, we entered a vibrant crowd of flag wielding, self-loving having, beautiful people. Pride is something the LGBTQIA+ community knows how to celebrate well. Lesbihonest, I think its safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community essentially created loving yourself, along with embracing those around you, whether you know them or not. While at Pride, I learned a few things about myself, about how to love others, and what it means to be apart of a community.

1. Love thy neighbor

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Because pride is such an important event to the LGBTQIA+ community, the number of people that attend each year is increasing by the thousands. There were an expected 48,000 people this year and when you're amerced in such a large crowd keeping your cool is super important. I learned that in most cases, giving love will result in receiving it, especially in 84-degree weather. So when I was making my way through energetic crowds, I used my p's and q's and was met with the same energy from strangers.

2. At pride, the dress code is no dress code

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If you're in the mood to wear your birthday suit, glitter, or witty t-shirt and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community as a member or as an ally, pride is the place to be! The extravagant outfits and expression of self-pride through clothes and even lack of clothes made me feel extremely comfortable in my own outfit. I think we all have had our share of being uncomfortable in our skin or clothes, but being around thousands of people dressed in whatever made them most comfortable that day was a beautiful experience.

3. Pride is not solely about the LGBTIA+ community

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Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit organization that organizes New York City's LGBT pride events each year, strives to work towards creating a future that consists of equal rights for all under the law. The march is an annual civil rights demonstration that brings awareness to the fight against aids, the Black Lives Matter movement and memorializes those who have lost their lives to illness, violence and neglect. This year over 450 different organizations participated in the march and about 110 floats were shown, each float bringing awareness to different organizations.

As an Afro-Latina, lesbian, I felt very represented and extremely grateful to participate in a civil rights event such as pride. The opportunity to educate myself and even feel more comfortable in my own skin, and enjoy myself with the people I love most, is something I will truly cherish. Hopefully, my experiences and knowledge will expand next year at the 2019 NYC pride!

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