Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Thoughts on Aging

Maureen G DeMasters, RN

Abstract

Nurse's Prayer

Dear God,

As I begin this day, let me draw on your strength to aid me in caring for these patients you have placed in my care. If I should lose patience with them, don't let it be noticeable to them or to my co-workers. I have chosen this type of work in accordance with my free will. If the work is too hard for me or if I am stripping the dignity from my patients, help me to seek another type of employment that will not bring harm or insult to the people I will have to deal with. When I look at these beautiful old people, I can see You in them. Therefore, "whatever I do for them, I am doing for YOU." Our job is hard, the pay is not what we would like, but I have chosen this profession myself. Help me to learn ministering in my daily work. I know everyone of us have our faults; help us to deal with these in a loving manner. Help us not to become petty and negative with each other, because we are here to give of ourselves to human beings who are in need of our ministering and care.

HELP HELP US DEAR GOD…

Nurse's Prayer

Dear God,

As I begin this day, let me draw on your strength to aid me in caring for these patients you have placed in my care. If I should lose patience with them, don't let it be noticeable to them or to my co-workers. I have chosen this type of work in accordance with my free will. If the work is too hard for me or if I am stripping the dignity from my patients, help me to seek another type of employment that will not bring harm or insult to the people I will have to deal with. When I look at these beautiful old people, I can see You in them. Therefore, "whatever I do for them, I am doing for YOU." Our job is hard, the pay is not what we would like, but I have chosen this profession myself. Help me to learn ministering in my daily work. I know everyone of us have our faults; help us to deal with these in a loving manner. Help us not to become petty and negative with each other, because we are here to give of ourselves to human beings who are in need of our ministering and care.

HELP HELP US DEAR GOD

10.3928/0098-9134-19800801-12

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