The Best of the Best

10 Reasons We Celebrate Nurses

  1. When you're a patient, a nurse is your best ally. The more nurses you have on your side, the better off you will be.
  2. We love doctors, but they make pronouncements and stand around being important; nurses are the ones running things and getting things done.
  3. Nurse humor? It's the best.
  4. Need your blood drawn? Don't fool around - get a nurse to do it. Otherwise, you may end up as a human pincushion.
  5. No matter where you are or what happens to you - if a nurse is anywhere nearby, you can count on someone helping you.
  6. Nurses know how to stop the pain, or at least subdue it.
  7. Nurses are fearless. They go where angels fear to tread. Isn't that reassuring?
  8. Nurses have the patience of Job, until they don't. If that happens, you're really in for it.
  9. To get through nursing school, you have to be good at math and science. Not all of us are.
  10. Because of nurses, we get to throw a big party every year!

NOTE: PLEASE DROP MY BYLINE, ABOVE - instead, let’s include it in the text, after the last sentence so it’s more low-key - thanks!

Since taking over for the inimitable Laura Raines as editor of Pulse and Celebrating Nurses, I’ve found Atlanta’s nursing and allied health community simultaneously fascinating, inspiring and humbling. There’s nothing quite like being around nurses to make you feel like a mere civilian among super-heroes. Editing Jon Waterhouse’s interviews with our 10 winners and two alternates drove those feelings home, and I’m certain that as you read about our celebrated nurses, you’ll understand.

We are honored and privileged to work with the region’s nurses, and hope we will see all of you at our 10th annual awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 12. — Lane Holman, Special Sections Editor