Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Nurse Re-Rhymes for the 21st Century

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Nurse Re-Rhymes for the 21st Century

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WHAT CAN MOTHER GOOSE TEACH US? ENDURANCE. SHE HAS LASTED OVER 400 YEARS.

She can also teach us the value of simplicity and the importance of fun. If I say Little Miss Muffet or Old Mother Hubbard, you can finish the rhyme in the wink of an eye. Now quick -- what are the steps in the nursing process? Too bad we didn't make them rhyme.

Browsing in an antique store, I found a 1915 edition of Mother Goose. The first page had this rhyme:

   "No, no, these melodies will never die
   While nurses sing or babies cry"

Those who have seen me as the Fairy Godnurse, Robonurse, or the Be-All-You-Can-Be Bee will not be surprised to learn that my latest character is Mother Goose.

Of course, today's nurses are likely to be crying along with the babies. Like a one-nurse USO tour, I keep trying to bring a smile and a song to the nurses out in the trenches. You can sing this to the tune of Michael Finnigan:

   An old psych nurse named Mary Finnigan
   Had to float down to med-surg again
   Pity her patients, call their next of kin. … 
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