Lynne Centrella Rudderow, MSN, RN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, CCE
Clinical Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter.com
INSPIRE…is defined two ways, according to the Oxford Dictionaries:
- To fill with the urge or ability to do or feel something
- Breathe in; inhale
When thinking of the word inspire,
we, as nurses, would likely think of the second definition first. The act of breathing in
is part of the vital signs. No matter how or where you practice, all nurses know the importance of inspiration. It keeps us alive.
Interestingly, when we think about the first definition, we can say the same thing. Being stimulated to do our best or to keep learning is an extremely important part of our lives. Inspiration
keeps us moving forward and that is living!
This Nurses Week, we think about inspiration
and reflect on what it means to be inspired both personally and professionally. I urge you to take a minute of introspection and think about what or who inspires you. Who do you think you inspire? I thought long and hard about what inspires me, particularly related to nursing. So many things came to mind; but, without a doubt, the most inspirational thing that has led and continues to lead me through my career is the female body.
I am in awe of its power, beauty and capabilities. Being a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, I am lucky enough to see firsthand what the female body can do. I am mesmerized by how it can create, grow and sustain another life. I am amazed by how it is equipped to nourish a child. I am astonished by how strong yet delicate its mind and soul can be. I am forever thankful that I get to witness, evaluate, support, assess, treat, and learn from the female body and all its glory. It is what inspires me to continue learning, continue helping, and continue living.