A Celebration of Nurses

Happy Nurses Week—2016 Thank You for All You Do!

Dear Nurses and Caregivers,

‘National Nurses Week’ begins every year on May 6th, ending on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Martha’s Hands will celebrate our nurses beginning the week of Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 12th

Have you ever wondered who and how this vocation we call Nursing began?

What impacted you to become a Nurse?

Do you see it as a calling or a vocation?

How do you see yourself as part of the Nursing History?

The word ‘Nurse’ originally came from the Latin word ‘nutrire’, meaning to suckle, referring to a ‘wet nurse’, who is a recently pregnant woman, hired to help provide milk nourishment for an in-fant. In the late 16th century it attained its modern meaning of caring for the infirmed.

From the earliest times of history, in most cultures, we can find references to those who cared for others. Mother’s and Father’s cared for their spouses, children, ‘families’ and tribes, and members of their households including their slaves.

Many experiences were based on a religious and service principles.  In Scripture there are many references and commands to care for others. For example, The Story of the Good Samaritan, The Beatitudes of Jesus Christ, Revelation’s scene of the Final Judgment,  “When you cared for the sick, fed the hungry, cared for the poor, you did it for Me.” The Judeo-Christendom, Indian, Muslims and other ancient peoples generated a stream of dedicated nurses from their earliest days.

The development of Western Civilization included the Church teachings and values of caring for others, out of love of our God. In Europe before the foundation of modern nursing, Catholic orders of nuns and priests, Deaconesses and the military often provided nursing-like services which would set the example for other religious and secular groups going forward.

In the Acts of the Apostles, it speaks of Paul sending a nurse ‘Phoebe’ out to serve as a nurse, our first document Home Care Visit.

Paul also spoke of being shipped wrecked on Malta and the natives binding his wounds, caring for him and sending him on their way to Rome to preach the Good News.

During the Crimean War, a Christian woman named Florence Nightingale, a nurse, began documenting and developing the orders that would develop into the modern nursing profession. The Nursing profession would continue to develop and would take until the 20th Century to become what it is today.

At Martha’s Hands, we see it as a vocation, a call by our God, to care deeply with compassion and love for another. It became our mission of love through service. And it became our mot-to: “We serve with our Hands, love with our Hearts, and seek the face of God in those we serve”.

And so, may we at ‘Martha’s Hands’ truly salute You All… as you continue to dedicate yourselves to those principles of loving God by serving others. We are extremely grateful ! Continued Blessings,

Eileen & John, Dennis & Mary, Andrew & Denise