Student nurse is asked "why would you want to wipe a***s"... her response is heroic
Student nurses have a very hard job. They have the struggle of taking care of patients while studying to become a fully qualified nurse. All this while earning very little money and racking up ridiculous debt.
But why do they do it? Because it is something they are passionate about. They love looking after people, that is why they are nurses and they do an amazing job.
So when student nurse Charmaine Briggs from Taunton in Somerset was asked "why would you want to be a nurse and wipe arses for a living? You may as well be a health-care assistant," it hit a nerve.
So she wrote her response out in a Facebook post, and it has since gone viral, with over 141,000 likes and reactions.
Today someone said to me "Why would you want to be a nurse and wipe people's asses for a living? You may as well just be a HCA"
This made my blood boil. No one is "just a HCA" for a start, I've been a health care assistant before being a student nurse and you are your patients only support in some cases. We are the staff with the patients 24/7. We are the ones changing the beds, changing our own clothes for the fourth time due to other people’s bodily fluids, the ones mopping up the nosebleeds and cleaning comodes on a loop. We are up close and personal with our patients – we hold their hands when they fear the unknown, we listen to them when they need someone to talk to, we’ve cried with them. We work around the clock 365days of the year, we sometimes sit with patients who have no family so they simple don't pass away alone. It is physically and emotionally challenging, and one day you'll need that help from "just a health care assistant" not just when you're old, you don't know what tomorrow holds.
Nurses save lives everyday. I don't know if people think it is only doctors who save your life but it's really not the case. Everyone comes together as a team and doctors wouldn't be able to do their job without nurses, as nurses wouldn't without HCA's.
Some people really do need to stop and think what they say to people, as one day you might need that life saving help from the people you run down.
Can imagine she looked a bit like this when asked.
The comments have been universally positive:
Well said, Charmaine. And good luck with the rest of your studies.