It’s A Nurse: A Mother’s Heartfelt Letter to Nurses That Moved Me to Tears


Nurses play an important role in the lives of people every day. Most of the time, we do this without even realizing it. We are encouragers, comforters, listeners and a shoulder to cry on. We give out a little piece of ourselves every day, to serve others. We see our patients more frequently than any other member of the healthcare team and know them on a level that no one else does.

We know which patients prefer ginger ale or Sierra Mist. We know that the 93-year-old lady in Room 2 will eat only strawberry milkshakes, so we buy them for her. The gentleman in Room 3 likes his coffee with three sugars and two creamers. You bring it to him without him asking because you know it will make him smile.

We comfort the family in Room 4 because their loved one has just passed. We don’t say the wrong thing. We leave and enter a room down the hall, where a patient that has been fighting for 36 days is finally being released and can WALK home with his family. And we say all the right things.


It is a gift from God what you do.
Not everyone has the gift not everyone should have the power. But those of you who love the gift and wield the power compassionately are truly angels put here to perform miracles. It’s a nurse who does that.

We cry in the break room when our patient stops fighting for their life. We have birthday parties and decorate our patient’s rooms for the holidays because they may not get to see another year.

It’s a Nurse was written by a grieving mother to pay tribute to nurses for caring for her son. After a 29-day hospital stay, her son passed from this life. It was a nurse who was there to help this mother through her nightmare. It was a nurse who made a difference. This mother believes that nurses are sent from Heaven to perform miracles. People can do anything, except what we do. We are nurses. There are no words.


Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics. Finding help online is nearly impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses by creating content and lectures that are easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire nursing students. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, break down complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.
  • Matt,
    Thank you for posting It’s a Nurse. I originally saw this on Linked In an then lost the post. I am so happy to find it again. I have been aa nurse for 45 years and recently retired with a severe case of burn out. I am also a mother that has lost a child-suddenly-death by suicide. This is another way of grieving, but grieving all the same. The thoughts expressed by this mother about nurses is so beautiful and so true. It brings life back to my own soul as I review the many patients and families I took care of over the years. I have worked many areas in my profession, but Hospice was my favorite and the most gratifying. Thank you for your website and your efforts to support Nursing.

    Kathy Gawne,RN

    • Hi Kathy,

      Glad to be of help! The letter does speak heartfelt truths about nursing. So happy that you’re able to find inspiration in this video. My heart breaks for your loss and you have our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for supporting our website!

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