A Tribute to the Real Life Heroes: Our Nurses
by Udeeta, 12, Assam, India
International Nurses’ Day is celebrated on 12th of May each year. We all are understanding the importance of the nurses due to this pandemic, but the influence of nurses can be seen from the prehistoric era. But their importance and hard work remained unsung and the profession of nursing was regarded as lowly.
When a girl from an aristocratic family came forward to dedicate her life for this noble service, people scorned her but she was strong enough to face all the odds and one day came to be known as ‘the lady with a lamp’. Here I am talking about Nurse Florence Nightingale. There are so many other devoted ones too. Today I am going to cite some of them who changed our lives to a great extent with their innovative ways of treatment which are still applied till date.
(Image by Henry Hering (1814-1893), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Let’s start with Nurse Florence Nightingale. She introduced sanitary practices in the Crimean War (1854). She took good care of the health and hygiene of the wounded and infected soldiers.
Australian Nurse Elizabeth Kenny introduced movement and physiotherapy to the patients suffering from polio in 1939.
(Circa 1915, Photographer Unknown, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
In England in the 1950s, most infants with jaundice died from the condition. A nurse named Jean Ward came to their rescue by introducing Phototherapy!
During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, a student nurse, Fatu Kekula came to look after patients by guarding herself with available materials like garbage bags and duct tape. Her sick family members could not be taken to a hospital, and no doctors would come near the home. Fatu improvised the ‘trash bag method’ that allowed her to look after her family members and other patients without getting infected herself. Later, international aid workers who learned of her method taught others forced to care for sick patients outside of hospitals and without medical aid.
We can relate today’s scenario of Covid 19 and its fatal variants to those AIDS epidemic days of 1983 US. Like our Covid-19 patients, those patients were also isolated and quarantined, dying alone without loved ones by their sides. At that time, only some brave nurses embraced them and held their hands to help them die peacefully.
Even now when Covid patients are away from their family and relatives there are only the nurses along with doctors to look after them. We can get tired of looking after our own kids and family members, and nurses have to care for hundreds of critical patients at the same time.
Nurses are happy with their patients’ recovery and sad to witness their sufferings. I pay a tribute to all the nurses across the world from the bottom of my heart. I am sure that we will overcome this pandemic with the help of the caring nature of our nurses. Happy International Nurses’ Day!!!!
Udeeta, 12, Assam, India enjoys reading and writing poems and articles. She started publishing her write ups in the local newspaper named Planet Young (Assam Tribune), and now some of her write ups get published in a few other magazines also. She wants to publish all her poems in a book once she has a good collection of them.