Nursing is an art: and if it is to be an art, it requires as exclusive a devotion, as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or cold marble, compared with having to do with the living spirit-the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts; I had almost said, the finest of the Fine Arts. - Florence Nightingale, 1859
I was six when I discovered I have a gift of art and creativity. I used to do crafts for our school projects that seem different from the others. I always see things from another perspective than the majority, and I tend to put meaning on it the way I exactly see it.
When I graduated from high school, I have no idea of what course to take for college. Still, since my parents will help me with my school expenses and they’ve motivated me to pursue Nursing, I went for it just for me personally put myself into college, enjoy school and get over with it eventually.
A few years went by working as a Registered Nurse in the hospital gave me a lot of exposure to life. I’ve learned compassion and empathy with other people, especially those who are severely ill. At the same time, I was longing for creating crafts and arts, which is my first love and considered my ultimate passion.
Having a pair of scissors in a nurse's pocket is very important; it can save a life in some emergencies. It is considered a tool with many purposes, most specifically for giving continuity of care for the sick people in the hospital.
Art could be tangible or intangible; relating this to my profession as a nurse, we prepare the materials properly for the patient’s needs that are part of the procedure. The actions that we do are intangible art; just like dancing, there are specific movements or protocols that we follow to maintain the cleanliness of our job. And our masterpiece is a well-recovered patient.
One day, I was assigned to do a wound dressing for one of the patients requiring an aseptic technique to follow so that contamination and infection would not happen. Having a precise pair of scissors is very important as it will make sure that it will not waste time and energy, and clean-cut edges will help the measurements accurate. When I cut the tape, gauze, and bandages that I will use, I felt like I have to do it in a certain way, a way that it will look clean and beautiful at the same time. I want to patch up a wound dressing using skills with gentle and pleasing to the patient's eye when she looks at it, same with her family. I was happy that I got a compliment that I did great and it was less painful, and her family was grateful that I did my job nicely. It is like a part of the healing process of that wound.
Being a nurse in a stressful environment and tasks, seeing my work done by my hands is fulfilling and more satisfying with a patient’s smile and good compliment. I thought that I would never have a chance to apply my art skills in my profession. Still, as I learn, it allows me to express more of my artistic side by implementing it with some of my works for my patients, and it gives me joy and feeling that I did something right for myself, my patient, and my patient’s relatives. Nursing is an art as every skill we do; we apply passion, care, and love for our patients because our happiness relies upon their healthy being.