As any nurse who works long shifts will tell you,their job is not easy. They have to be there for people who are going through some of the most difficult health problems they’ll ever know. And depending on what type of hospital or care facility they work in, nurses need to be prepared to deal with the emotional fallout that comes with death.
After working one 13-hour shift in particular, Nurse Rebecca Turley felt compelled to share a short video message on her social media page. She witnessed someone’s last moments of life before she clocked out of work and went back to her normal life. But instead of just kicking it from her mind, she decided to share a few words that have gone on to inspire millions of people…
Nurse Turley watched as the dying man struggled for breath. During his last moments, he was surrounded by loved ones and his last moments of life were truly “a magic moment.”
The young woman works in hospice care and sees people dying all the time. Some people struggle against the inevitable up until the last moment. Others accept their fate and try to make the most of it and appreciate the time they have left with their loved ones.
She explains gracefully, “Life is so short. When you work with people at the end of their life every day, you kind of become immune to it, but there’s always a few patients that really, really get you.”
The last man was one patient who touched her soul and made her appreciate life.
Since she sees people near the end of life every time she clocks in for work, Nurse Turley wonders often about life and death. Sometimes people have lived a long life and slowly approached their end of life moments. Other times the news comes as a shock like when they’re diagnosed with a deadly disease.
But this particular man, and this particular moment, got Nurse Turley thinking about the importance of life and making the most of the time we got left.
“I get to witness some of the most beautiful moments of life which are around the time of death. And I was driving home, listening to my Christian music after 13 hours of running around taking care of symptomatic patients and their families. It just hit me and I felt really compelled to pull over and say this message.
“Life is so short…I was with a man this morning and his family as he took his last breaths. And it’s really, really a magical moment. I have taken care of pediatric patients. I have had patients who go in for a routine outpatient surgery. When they wake up the doctor says, ‘hey you have a week to live, you should call hospice.’ And I don’t know if two people are going to watch this video, I don’t care. But maybe those two people will get something from me.”
“If you have a family member you’ve been fighting with. If you’re unhappy in your job, life is so, so short. You should live life to the fullest. Maintain good relationships.”
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