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National Nurses Week 2008
by Juanita Pittman-Brown
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May 6 – 12, 2008

National Nurses Week

At the invitation of

Lisa B. Speach, RN, MSN, FNP,

I spoke at the Pinning Ceremony for the new Nurses at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C., on May 7, 2008...

This was such a great honor and brought great joy to my soul…It gave me an opportunity to share with the new nurses and others in attendance my thoughts on the journey of nursing...

I would like to share with you

the thoughts I shared with the new nurses on the journey of nursing

The Journey of Nursing


Remember that learning is an on-going process throughout a nursing career

Keep your skills up to date for you cannot give what you do not have

Use the tools given to you in your education for they often will direct and protect when difficulties arise

Remember that training takes over when uncertainty enters in


Respect and protect the rights of others

Remember that but for the grace of God the patient or their significant others could be you and will be you in time

Accept others without judgment

Listen to others, consider their thoughts, decide for yourself, and hold yourself accountable for the choices you make

Remember that you will become the model for others to follow

Keep compassion, understanding, and love for others as tender treasures for they will found you when your may flounder

Know yourself, accept others, strive for perfection even though it is unattainable for if you do not try your goals are not high enough

Allow others space when they are smiling or when they are crying for respect and freedom will allow them to grow and you to be an accepting and comforting source for those in need


Maintain a positive attitude and add not to negativity

Listen with your heart

Speak with consideration and kindness

Nurture your spirit for you cannot give what you do not have

Keep yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy for to serve in wholeness requires a whole you

Keep your life simple

Learn who you are and hold yourself to the highest standards

Remember that you can observe change, accept change, and create change

Remember that everyday is not only an opportunity but also an obligation to live with integrity, honesty, and compassion

Embrace change as you would a friend

Be vigilant and truthful

Hold yourself to the highest standards

Use silence to your advantage for wisdom needs time to think


Realize that any system in which you work may not be perfect, but it is the one you have -- You may not be able to make it perfect, but you can be a part of it and make it the best that it can be

Lead with integrity and follow with respect

Respect those in authority even if you may not agree and be supportive of their role and direction

Give your very best each day you are on duty for it is the foundation of your tomorrow

Maintain a professional demeanor at all times

Realize that a smile is a small but powerful tool

Avoid gossip for it is undermining and a waste of the gift of time

Remember that at the end of your career that you would like to shine as brightly as you do on the first day you step into the arena of life

Be a positive force at every opportunity and refrain from negativity for the light of who you are will make the world a brighter place

Remember that team-work is kind collaboration

Remember that everyone be they patient, staff, administration, or any others you encounter have had a different journey than you and are who they are just as you are who you are -- Allow them to be themselves for then you will find freedom in being you

Remember that one day you will be on the other side of professional care and that you would like then to receive what you have given

Remember that there are all levels of abilities and capabilities in nursing and to be understanding and accepting of others -- help others grow and be supportive for there are none who have arrived at perfection, but we can all travel the road together and help each other along the way

Keep in mind that nursing is a life-long career often and you want to be as proud to be a nurse at the end as you are at the beginning

Help the younger nurses who cross your path for once you were in their shoes – respect those who have made nursing a career for they have served, survived and given of their lives


If you are a nurse, may you blessed; if you have helped a nurse become a nurse, may you be blessed; if you are the recipient of a nurse's care, may you be blessed...

May 7, 2008

Juanita Pittman-Brown, RN

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