If you’ve ever needed care at a hospital for an extended period of time, you know that nurses are the lifeblood of hospitals. Doctors may prescribe a course of treatment for you and check in on you from time to time, but it’s the nurses who actually administer the the care the doctors prescribe. They give you your medicine. They monitor your vital signs. They clean up your mess. They comfort you when you need it. They watch you around the clock.
When she comes home, depending on what happened at work, according to Urtz, sometimes Jessica is sad. Sometimes she is happy. The couple rarely talk about work though, because Jessica wants to relax when she comes home, before she has to get up and do it all again.
According to a survey by AMN Healthcare, Jessica’s long day is typical. On average, the nurses who responded to the survey worked about 42 hours a week.
“This is my wife Jessica having dinner after a 14 hour day. She comes home from work, has enough time to eat and get ready for bed and it’s back to work the next day for another shift. She is up early to get ready for her day. She doesn’t like to be bothered in the morning and I respect that. She showers, throws her hair up, grabs her lunch gives the dog and me a kiss and heads out the door. At work she takes care of people who are having the worst days of their lives. Strokes, Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls, breaks, brain damage and more. She takes care of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and families. It doesn’t matter who you are or what happened. She will take care of you. She works through lunch and rarely has time to sit. She comes home after 14 hours, takes off her shoes that have walked through blood and tears, and just wants to sit down. I don’t ask her about her day because She doesn’t like to talk about work when she is home and that’s fine.
If she does want to talk, I will listen. Sometimes she comes home happy and sometime she comes home sad. But no matter how she feels, she is always on time for her next shift.
I love her with all my heart. My wife is my hero. My wife is a Stroke Nurse.”