We all had to take anatomy and physiology in nursing school, but what is the special anatomy that makes up the average nurse? Sure, we all have the bones and muscle structure we need to do our jobs, but that isn’t all.
Nursing takes a special person with special traits that others don’t have. Your anatomy is slightly different from the regular person, and you should take pride in those qualities that make you able to perform one of the toughest jobs in the world.
Here are a few anatomical landmarks that can help you see just how different you are from the average adult.
The brain is a mysterious organ, and we can sometimes amuse ourselves by thinking of people who’ve gotten the short end of the stick in this category. Nurses, though, must have exceptional brains.
Not only do we have to cram all of that medical information into our heads, but we have to think critically, too. It isn’t enough to know what a high blood pressure means, because we have to know how to act on it.
The nurse’s brain is exceptional because it is capable of holding all of the knowledge and acting on it correctly. Don’t take your brain for granted because it is doing much more than some other professions may ask of it.
This one is obvious, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Nurses must have a caring heart to do their jobs with any sort of efficacy.
Most of the time, nurses are asked to care for others, and having an exceptional brain doesn’t always come into play in these situations.
You need a caring heart to take the time to talk to those little old ladies, to hold the hand of a dying patient, or to comfort a scared family member. Again, this is an anatomical landmark that isn’t seen in everyone.
Unfortunately, lifting is a part of nursing, and there is precious little we can do about that. Other jobs require a strong back, but those people usually have equipment to help them move heavy weights.
You may not have a strong back anymore because of nursing, but that’s okay. You did have a strong back to take on the needs of others, and that’s what counts.
A strong back doesn’t necessarily mean a physically strong back. It could mean having a backbone to stand up to doctors, having the strength to carry the burdens of others, or simply having someone’s back when they need you.
Tough feet are required for all the times you run from one end of the unit to the other. They are for the times you have to stand at your workstation and chart or pass meds or answer the phone.
Tough feet, like a strong back, can have other meanings, too. You can stand up for yourself, obviously, but you can also stand for things that matter to you, like better staffing.
When you have tough feet, you can walk the halls with ease, but maybe your feet are tired. This is why it is important to have time off, take off those nurse shoes, and relax with a lovely foot rub.