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Gratitude Heals ~ For Nurses

If you’re like many of our readers, you’re left shaking your head over the recent “nurses playing cards” debacle, the outright insult to THE most honest and ethical profession (as indicated by a Gallup Poll for 16 consecutive years,) and an extreme level of insensitivity. Hopefully, each and every one of the 4 million nurses in the United States and the 13 million around the globe, know their worth and can stand proud of the integrity, science, and compassion they bring to their title of RN!

It is regrettable that this downright disrespectful and widely publicized statement has caused such pain, anger, and frustration to so many nurses. It’s “insult to injury” to an already emotionally and physically exhausted, often poorly recognized, VITAL segment of our healthcare workforce.

At the same time, it’s wonderful to see so many nurses empowered to stand up for themselves and their colleagues with dignity and professionalism, rising above the disheartening comment. Even perfect strangers are showing honor to nurses and their chosen profession.

Ironic, or maybe not, we’ll soon be celebrating National Nurses Week in the United States (May 6 -12, 2019.) A week to “celebrate and elevate” the nursing profession and the many contributions nurses make to the health and wellness of their patients and communities.

What better time than now, to consider how expressing gratitude to nurses can help elevate and move beyond this one comment that has emotionally injured so many.









Here are a few thoughts to consider:

  • In his book, The Little Book of Gratitude (2016) Robert A. Emmons, PhD, notes gratitude as the single best predictor of good relationships and emotional well-being. When expressing gratitude to someone (nurses) it must be perceived as genuine, and, fulfill an important need (a.k.a.) the need to be recognized for the care, compassion, and yes, sacrifice, nurses give to their patients. Often at their own lack of self-care.
  • Gratitude blocks toxic emotions! It’s impossible to be angry and grateful at the same time. Our brains simply don’t work that way. When we shift our brain’s focus to gratitude, our change in thinking leads us to engage in more positive emotions and achieve better, healthier outcomes in our personal and professional lives.
  • When we practice being grateful, we strengthen our bond within our local community – be it a hospital, outpatient clinic, through the continuum of senior living services, or our community of first responders. Research also demonstrates how gratitude creates greater resilience in the face of adversity and trauma (ding, ding, ding, nurses playing cards.)

To read more about the research on gratitude go to:

Discovering the Health and Wellness Benefits of Gratitude

The Neuroscience of Gratitude

If you missed it, read our latest blog on, Gratitude for Caregivers


In a world where negativity, fear, and skepticism are at an all-time high, there remains a human need, perhaps a demand, to count our blessings, show gratitude to others, and find meaning in our daily lives.

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With gratitude to our readers!

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