Time to be Thankful for Nurses


This Thursday we will celebrate another year of Thanksgiving in the U.S. It is often a time to reflect and be thankful for the blessings in our lives. I wanted to take a moment to write about how thankful I am to be a nurse.

I spent a couple of days recently discussing the nursing profession with a small group of nurses from across the country. We discussed the common bond we all share for wanting to help others and the feelings of internal fulfillment when we can provide nursing care to patients and their families. Yet, what is often not discussed is our inherent superpower that holds the potential to benefit the lives of other human beings.

Superpowers aren’t seen on a daily normative basis. Instead, superpowers come out when there is some unexpected result, distress, or crisis that calls for an intervention. Nurses’ superpower, in my opinion, is the ability to save the lives of other human beings. This is something that everyone should be thankful for, not just nurses.