“The Heart of Caring” by Sharolyn Bush, MSN, RN, CMSRN
During the recent Notre Dame of Maryland University Poster Presentation/Symposium, SCU nurse Sharolyn Bush, MSN, RN, CMSRN, was selected by her classmates to speak on their behalf of the experience and knowledge they gained as Masters-prepared nurses in the Administration and Leadership program, the networks they have established with one another (as many work in different hospitals around the state), and the knowledge that they will take with them into the future.
Sharolyn also discussed the Theory of Human Caring by grand theorist Jean Watson, which was interwoven into much of their curriculum, and shared a poem she had written based on this theory. “It captures the essence of nursing,” she says, “and how our care is provided to you, our families and our communities.”
Congratulations to each Notre Dame graduate and thank you, Sharolyn, for letting us share your poetry here.
The Heart of Caring
I look to you, I need your care
I see compassion in your eyes
You hold my hand, your words are kind
You give me peace of mind
I am afraid, scared, and worried
You sense my fear; your manner is calm, never hurried
I am alone, I need your comfort
A simple prayer, a word of peace
I am a spiritual being; you call me by my name
I am more than just a number, more than just a face
You nurture me in mind, body, and spirit
I give you my trust, my faith
I reach out to you, you hold my hand
I don’t say the words, but you understand
Here in this moment, here in this place
Where have I been and where am I going?
I am filled with uncertainty
Show me the way
Together we create a circle, to the unity of life
An environment of hope and understanding
A warm gentle touch is all that I ask
You place my needs first, before the next task
You are present in the moment, trusting, and healing
You practice loving kindness, teaching, and sharing
You are my nurse, the heart, of caring.