Hero? Who me?
This week I was given an amazing award. It is called the Hero Award. In order to get the award a patient or their family member makes a charitable donation to the foundation - and writes a note of thank you to the person of their choice.
The award was given out on my day off. When I got to work the next morning my coworkers were waiting for me. They took me aside to give me an "update" on a meeting from the day before. As they started reading about some of my coworkers receiving awards I suddenly heard my name. I was stunned. It was unbelievable to be honored for a job I love. As they read the kind words from the patient who honored me, I was almost embarrassed. The *frosting* on the cake was seeing how happy my coworkers for me. I even saw tears of joy.
Nursing is usually a job where your reward is self driven. We do not look for recognition. We just do what we do. What an amazing, personal and wonderful award to have received! I am not sure I should ever be defined as a *hero* but I am grateful that I was able to make a difference for someone I cared for.