When was the last time you met a young nursing student who said they aspire to go into urology or continence care? This kind of work may not be glamorous, but there is no question about just how important and needed it is. When people are at their most vulnerable, these nurses save the day by calmly and patiently showing their patients how to insert a catheter or care for an ostomy. They answer personal questions about intimacy with tact and they deal with bodily fluids without missing a beat. While physicians diagnose and treat a condition, it’s the nurses who help you get through the day to day with dignity and comfort.
You may or may not be aware that there are professional groups especially for nurses dealing in the incontinence field, two of which are the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) and the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). WOCN has named the week of April 15-21 as “WOC Nurse Week”. All of these nurses deserve a strong show of support for their hard work.
Whether or not your nurse is a member of the WOCN, I urge you to find some small way to thank him or her for their efforts – a nice note or a flower – even just stopping on the way out of the office to look them in the eye and say a heartfelt “thank you”. These little touches can go a long way to brighten someone’s day and let them know that they are appreciated.
And don’t forget that one of the best ways to thank your nurse (or doctor, for that matter) is to help yourself get better. Remember that your health care professionals are on this journey with you, and what they want more than anything is to see you dry and happy. So if you really want to show your appreciation, do what you can to help get yourself on the road to continence. And don’t forget what your mother taught you – say “thank you” to the nice nurse!
Published On: April 16, 2007