This woman had a brilliant response when someone called her 'just a nurse'

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Wednesday 12 October 2016 09:15
(Picture:ABC News 24/screengrab)

Queensland nurse Caitlin Brassington had been walking home from a particularly busy shift at the hospital, when she stopped at the shop to buy milk, and got talking to an ‘acquaintance’.

The person saw Brassington in her scrubs and told her she didn’t realise she was ‘just a nurse’.

Brassington took offence to the dismissive nature of the statement, and took to Facebook to set a couple of things straight.

As 'just a nurse' ​Brassington…

  • helped babies into the world, many of whom needed assistance to take their first breath

  • held patients’ hands and ensured their dignity while they took their last breath

  • counselled grieving parents after the loss of a child

  • performed CPR on patients and brought them back to life

  • is the medical officers’ eyes, ears and hands with the ability to assess, treat and manage illness

  • auscultates every lung field on a new-born and assess which field may have a decreased air entry

  • educates patients, carers, and junior nurses

  • is an advocate for patients in a health system that does not always put their best interest first

  • regularly misses Christmas Day, children's birthdays, and school musicals to come to work to care for your loved one

  • can take blood, cannulate and suture a wound

  • can manage a cardiac arrest in a new-born, a child or an adult

  • can tell you the dosage of adrenaline or amiodarone, based on the weight of your child, that they may need to bring them back to life

  • has experience and knowledge that has previously saved people's lives

The post has been shared almost 1,000 times, with people sending her message after message of support.

Irene Prigdeon commented:

I work alongside nurses and I am in awe of the work you do and the knowledge you have are all AMAZING.

Gordon Gabbani said:

You and your colleagues are 'just' wonderful. You deserve our total respect and grateful thanks.

Brassington didn't just drop the mike. No, she threw it.

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