Video Tribute: It’s A Nurse


Please remember that The Universe only asked a very special few to dedicate their lives in the service of caring for other…and you said Yes. 



Healthcare professionals across the country give of themselves every day. They are dedicated to serving you—our neighbors, friends and family. Their goal is to provide those in need with courteous and compassionate care.

Patients and their family members often send us letters expressing the impact we have made on their lives. A mother recently wrote a letter to Health First nurses that humbled us like no other. We were so inspired by this mother’s story that we created a video based word for word on the letter she wrote.

Health First nurses play an important role in our Integrated Delivery Network, and we honor them and all those who work in healthcare and serve our community.

Please visit to view a mother’s heartfelt testament to our nurses.

79 thoughts on “Video Tribute: It’s A Nurse

      1. It’s a divine privilege to be called a nurse! Not an easy call, but one that has such deep reward! Life is precious! To be at the side of birth and death is not for the weak of heart, but it is so incomparable to any other experience of life!

    1. So beautiful thanks to all the nurses everywhere for their love and kindness and mostly for their respect.
      Prayers and God bless you

    2. I had been a nurse for almost 50 years before reluctantly retiring. My profession gave me the ability to raise and nuture a child on my own, buy a house, pay tuition. All of this was important to me. Most important, however, were my patients who cared about me as much as I cared for them. Every thank you, every smile when I visited, every hour spent teaching TPN set up or pain pump control was precious to me, the patient, and the family. Every tear shed or smile shared was a blessing. Nursing is a vocation and a professional that involves not only your brain, but also your heart and soul. This tribute from this Mom was a wonderful way to show appreciation to the nurses who cared for “the boy in the bed”.

  1. Thank you it made me realize that we are appreciated. Sherry Ellen Dodd RN BSN BS in healthcare since 1968

  2. I know this exact pain. My son went home to be with the Lord on April 19th 2014 and the Dr. And Nurses at Floyd Medical Center were above and beyond kind and helpful. God bless all these nurses and Drs. Who help us all so much. Thanks for sharing this. I am reposting this in honor.of all Nurses and my son: Charles Lee Wright!!

  3. It reminds me why I chose this profession 47 years ago going into nursing school. 44 years later I am still humbled to be a part of this honorable profession.

    1. After 29 years I am still humbled by My Profession that I have one more day, one more room to enter& one more opportunity to touch another life! Thank you God!

  4. I don’t know how they do it. I only know that I thank God for putting these special people on earth to help those of us who are helpless at times. I have a daughter who is a nurse and I’ve have heard many sad stories of people losing someone they love and I am so proud that she is able to help them.

  5. Nursing is a vocation, a very special calling from God to care for his hurting, Ill and wounded souls. This mother has had the courage to share her darkest hour and give voice to the angels who light the way forward.

  6. I just watched this video for the first time with my daughter (age 19) and son (age 11) on each side of me. I was shedding tears throughout the video and shared with them that before the ages they could remember I was sometimes the nurse who cared for the ‘boy in the bed’. As a mom and pediatric nurse, I thank God each day that my child is not the ‘boy on the bed’. My heart goes out to all parents, kids, and nurses who have experienced the pain of 5he ‘boy in the bed’. Stay strong and God Bless!!!

  7. I have not ever thought that we are gifted , a chosen few or an angel …. I cannot speak for everyone but I am a nurse because I am 💕 Hold tight to your memories remember the good.

  8. After listening and crying I know now why my daughter Christine became a nurse. She has all the giving and love in her as other nurses do. Right now she is a stay at home mom and is doing a bang up job. I also know in my heart she will return to the world of nursing someday and give it her best as she always does. Thank you for this video.

  9. First I was the mother of the boy in the bed. After he died I became the nurse. I could not, can not imagine being anything else. This is a beautiful tribute. Thank you.
    – Sheri Sellars, BSN, RN

    1. I am so sorry for your loss. Becoming a nurse really helps your son live on. What a beautiful legacy!! As an Oncology nurse, I know there are no words. God Bless

  10. I am an Occupational Therapist, however I am a witness for over a decade of the lives that each nurse touches. This was beautifully written.

  11. I am so sorry for the loss of your son! Thank you for sharing such beautiful words of thanks

  12. I am so sorry for the loss of your Corey…Thank You for your words and sharing that painful and beautiful story….. When you have been a nurse long enough you have A boy in the bed that you wont forget….. May you find the comfort words cannot bring… Thank you again for your heartfelt words from a nurse since 1978

  13. It has always been my honor and my privilege to be a nurse. Tears running down my face as I listened for many reasons. May Corey’s memory always be a blessing . With more thanks than words can say .

  14. This is the reason I became a nurse, and I cannot think of anything else I’d rather be. Thank you, you have inspired me, to be the best nurse I can be.

  15. Thank you! That is so right in so many ways. I too am a nurse, just passed the 46 year mark. My true calling, and I have been in those nurses shoes caring for the boy, girl, man, women, mother, father, and on and on, thousands of times. Your letter reinforced why I do what I do. We have just recently lost the husband of one of our own, and are having a rough time. Would appreciate your prayers as we collectively grieve. Yes, we not only do that for ours, we do that for yours as well. I couldn’t think of any other career, where I would have fit in. Love what I do, even in death cases.

  16. Thank you for sharing your story. May God keep you in his arms. I am a nurse. Last year when my husband was the man on the bed, he had many wonderful nurses caring for him. At the end the most memorable person to come was the emergency room physician. So very kind and compassionate. I’m proud to be a nurse.

  17. The best profession, ever. A way of life. Who I am. An honor and a privilege to be allowed into people’s most intimate moments, to be trusted with a precious person who is the sun and the moon to someone else. I am retired but still am a nurse. I will always be a nurse.

  18. This is a wonderful tribute to all of the nurses that REALLY care, who stay late, because they care so much.
    I had “my boy in the bed”when I was in training,
    A young man 21 years old, who had a terrible childhood, physical abuse, neglect and much more.
    He was in the last stages of brain cancer.
    I would comb his beautiful wavy hair, which was nothing but large bumps.
    He had a favorite song, and he would ask me to sing with him.
    I didn’t want to leave that night, because I knew he wouldn’t be there in the morning.
    All of the nurses grieved for him, no parent, or family member.
    God was kind to this boy, to take him home, to His Real Father.

  19. As a Hospice Nurse my life is filled with new lives that are leaving us and my job is to help them into that quiet night and guide their loved ones through an understanding that they are leaving but will not be forgotten and that they are teaching us all how to be loved and how to love by the care that we provide day in and day out. I have been a nurse for 36 years and every patient is a new soul that I love and give a piece of my heart to. I do believe being a nurse is a calling not a profession, I thank God everyday for the opportunities he has provided me to love my fellow man at their greatest time of need. Thank you for recognizing our heart and desire to serve our patients with compassion and long suffering, not for our glory but for His. JOY RN

  20. This is extremely humbling. I have been a nurse for 22 years and 7 of those years spent doing hospice care. I have cared for many of those patients in the bed, men, women, boys and girls. Each of them have a different story. I can honestly say I feel like there have been many more times that I felt like I was blessed by my patients and their families; after listening to this amazing tribute by this mother, now I realize maybe just maybe they were blessed equally as much!! I am PROUD beyond words of the profession I have chosen, or better said, the profession God chose for me.

  21. I remember Tommy, and Scarlett, and Chris and KC…the boys and girls in the bed early in my nursing career when I worked Peds. I remember their fight, and their fears. I was so honored to be part of their short lives and tried to comfort them when their parents couldn’t be their. I remember holding their hands or rocking them. I will never forget them.

  22. Heavy heart, thankful tears as over 35 years of caring for The boy, girl, man, woman, father, mother,fellow nurses on the bed.My more recent career happiest wih labor and delivery to welcome joyfully newborns into the world is coming to a close.I love my job, if you can call it work..Its certainly alwaus challenging and changing. I’m proud to have served so many over the years.Thank you for sharing .

  23. So refreshing to see so many comments from Christian nurses that are not afraid to profess their faith in God, even in this horribly secular world. If only poor benighted mankind knew the love of the Christ that surpasses knowledge.
    Ambrose Kingston, Nojerm Ltd. England, Innovations in Infection Control

  24. I staff nurses daily- never had the courage or fortitude to be a nurse myself. To all the nurses out there, you are truly Angels- with hearts bigger than what normal bodies can hold. I love that I can help these amazing people who help other people. Thank you for everything you do- especially all the love you add to the world. #NursesRule #whereyoushine

  25. I’m writing this with tears my heart cannot imagine your pain.. I am a proud CNA , Phtech and phlebotomist. I have been with families while their loved one takes the final breath on earth to be with their Heavenly Father. It’s such an honor. When I clock out and go home to my family I still worry and think of my patients … God bless you and Corey will be remembered! Thank u to all the nurses and Dr and CNAs and dietary and housekeeping and the list goes on and on… 💜

  26. Beautifully written and done. This was so heartwarming for me, really touched my heart. Brought back so many memories for me sad and happy working as a nurse and still loving it. Karen Richter, RN, BSN

  27. Your words capture so well what we as nurses do, and what we as parents of a critically ill child feel and experience. I have experienced both sides. My daughter was born 12 weeks early and had to be resuscitated on 3 separate occasions. At the time she was in the NICU, I was a nurse, in that same NICU. I never considered what I did to be extraordinary. Just my job. That is, until, my co-workers saved my daughter’s life multiple times. Or until my daughter’s NICU neighbor was one day my patient, and his parents came in and found me caring for their son. Their shocked expressions turned to relief when they realized that not only was I a parent who was walking the same walk, but also a nurse. God bless you and your family. Nancy Smith, WHNP-BC, RN, MSN.

  28. Thank you so much! So beautiful , so touching. You make me want to start all over again. I am so proud to be one for 40 years! I will always remain a nurse.

  29. Life is full of surprises, some good and bad. We must be strong and face life with courage. I was giving birth in the hospital to my second child, but there were no available nurses and doctors to assist me, everyone was busy; my baby died at birth. I have lived in hunger and sorrow. God blessed me with 6 beautiful health children. I began working as a PSW. Then I went back to school and became a nurse. I am working with compassion for the glory of God.

  30. All of us, as nurses, sometimes find our cups near empty because of the intensity with which we do our jobs. The stress of understaffing, critical patients, difficult family, difficult doctors, not enough resources. This video should fill every nurse’s cup. What we do MATTERS. I, too, have been on both sides of this video and became a nurse after being an English Teacher because I could not IMAGINE being in the position of watching someone you love dying and having no one to help you understand what was happening; someone to calm you when you are near hysterics because of the pain and fear of losing that loved on; someone to care for your loved one with the same dignity, compassion and love you would give if you had the knowledge. I wanted to be that person for someone like me going through what I was going through. So, yes, being a nurse is a hard, often thankless job, but it is more than just a job. This video portrays what we do, who we are and why we do what we do. It refilled my cup. Thanks

  31. I am so very thankful that when I was a senior in high school and preparing to enter college to become a teacher, God suddenly redirected me one morning upon awakening that I was to go to nursing school. What a surprise as I didn’t even like to go to the doctor and especially got nervous even smelling the clean alcohol smell of his office. But I certainly felt called to the nursing profession and was privileged to be involved in many different areas of nursing over the 40+ years of my career. I also have been on both sides of this video — as a nurse who has stood and cried with family members as their loved one drew their last breath in spite of all the hours we all had worked to try to save them — and also as a mother who stood by my little 5 yr. old daughter’s bed when the doctors told us that they weren’t sure that she would make it through the night. God was gracious and the doctor’s were able to pull her through and I watched as other nurses lovingly cared for her. Nursing is not easy and very exhausting at times when we were so busy that the plates of food we brought to the floor to try to steal a minute to eat, would only wilt or go stale — as we felt like we could not leave our patients — to eat, if there was no one else to take our place at the moment. But I could never have felt the satisfaction of making a difference in someone’s life — in any other profession. Although retired for about 10 years, I still miss my work. May God continue to bless all the nurses who are giving their best to everyone that they care for.

  32. Beautiful, sad, true. I have been a nurse since 2006, caring for pediatric patients in a med-surg setting. For the last 8 months, I transferred into the pediatric oncology/bone marrow transplant unit and my life as a nurse has changed so much. I am humbled, honored, scared, nervous, kind, compassionate, empathetic, sympathetic. I have become close with so many families, and I take care of the “boy in the bed” who sometimes gets to go home, but ultimately may never leave for good. It is very challenging but also a blessing to be able to provide care for these patients and see their small and large acts of courage and bravery everyday. Thank you for this beautiful video.

  33. This is why we do what we do.

    Another reason to rise with all clinical experience and deliver all that we can with empathy, to those who are looking up to us. We wake up each day graceful to continue with the same patient or another.


  34. Truly did not know how much I would enjoy, this amazingly raw and And real connection with my patients and their families. Didn’t know that I’d be so good at it. It is a gift from an angel and I thank her everyday.

    1. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I feel so humbled and honored to do what we do. I can’t even imagine doing anything else. We really are blessed

  35. I am a nurse of 7 years and can’t think of another calling that would fit and believe me, I’ve tried many before nursing. We see the best and worst of people and remain there and care. When it is my turn to be “the boy in the bed” I only hope to have my own set of angels to send me on my final journey

  36. Very beautifully written. I have always felt honored caring for people in every phase of their lives, from birth to death. Thank you for your tribute.

  37. after 26 years spent doing 12 and 16 hour shifts, and staying even longer off the clock because a patient or family member begged ‘please don’t leave’ …caring for patients at the beginning of life as well as at the end ….rejoicing with and crying with the family’s I can say with all my heart that this calling was a blessing. To those of you nurses still out there…do not let anything corrupt your compassion for this is what makes you great. To the mother in the video may God bless you and hold
    you close….for you are an Angel giving back to those who had given of themselves during your time of need and so many others. Very few people really know what a dedicated nurse gives of themselves physically and emotionally to each and every patient as well as their family. Thank you so much for your illuminating words and may God bless and keep you!

  38. Thank you for this moving tribute to nurses. I have been an RN for 53 years and have retired reluctantly. Bedside nursing gives care to the patient and to the family as this video illustrates so well.

  39. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been retired over a year now after 44 years of nursing. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember ” that boy” or girl or family member. Becoming a nurse was next to my family the best thing that ever happened to me. I miss it deeply. I can truly say that I like bed my job. No matter where or what I was doing in the profession. Every once in a while when I read stories such as yours I think about coming out of retirement. I will pray for and your son. Bless you both.

  40. Thirty-one years and counting. Never thought about being a nurse until someone said to me “you’d make a good nurse, you really know how to talk to people”. The minute I started nursing school, I knew God had put that person Susan in my path for me, her husband and mine had just started working together, a few weeks before, she invited us to dinner. The rest is history, I knew it was my calling, my destiny, can’t think of anything else I’d rather do and I can say with a clear heart I have done my best with each and every patient, patience and kindness are what it’s all about, plus a lot of knowledge that keeps trying to out run you! I am so sorry for your loss and am so happy you had Corey for as long as you did. Those nurses are the kind of nurses I love to work with, professional with a touch of humanity. You can be certain they in their hearts felt all the compassion you felt. It’s how we roll. Thank you for noticing.

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