Modern nursing began in the fifties of the nineteenth century as a result of the efforts of British nurse Florence Nightingale, the founder of professional nursing, who established the first school of nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London in 1860.
The world celebrates International Nurses Day on May 12 of each year in recognition of the tireless and precious contributions of nurses to health care and global health security. Nurses and midwives represent more than half of the health workforce in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Maryam was a nurse for 14 years in surgeries and then endoscopy. Taking to her she mentioned, nursing developed in me many aspects of responsibility and humanity towards society, it taught me patience and dedication to work. I went through many difficult circumstances, sometimes they were painful things and we lived through loss and fear, but there were beautiful and unforgettable moments of joy and success as well.
We spend shifts between 7 and 11 hours with patients, trying to alleviate their suffering and help them overcome illnesses. Sometimes a call late night tells us that there is an emergency and needs urgent intervention.
I learned to work within a team, that may reach dozens of individuals in order to save one soul. How great is this spirit !
It requires a lot of patience and complaining. It is a human profession
At a time when most people were fleeing from the Corona virus disease and its complications, which took many peoples lives in our dear homeland and the whole world, we were there as the first line of defense. sacrificing our lives and our families in order to confront these infectious diseases with a heart full of strength and tension in our hearts. I never thought of retreating. We were like the white army in the face of this pandemic.
Everyone knows that nursing and auxiliary medical jobs are tiring and require effort, and long hours of work. But what they do not know is the joy of success and recovery, with the grace of God, the joy of the patient’s body accepting the transplanted kidney, the joy of a parents when a metallic object is removed safely from child’s stomach for through endoscope without surgery.
I am still proud to work as a nurse, and for the last day of my life I will be proud of that, wishing a continuous success and sincerity in work.
Source: Maryam Al-Harthi
Senior Staff Nurse