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It's okay to be Nurse Molly.



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My most memorable lessons from work were taught to me by the children I took care of as a psychiatric nurse. Many years ago, there was an 11 year old boy with a traumatic brain injury, which caused severe memory issues for him. We went for the same walk every day, identified the same trees and flowers and he was introduced to the same people every day. All this was new to him... every day. He insisted on calling me "Nurse Molly". Oddly, he called me that every day, even though he couldn't remember my real name for 5 minutes. I assumed that Molly was just easier, for some strange reason, for him to remember. One day I finally asked him why he called me Molly. He told me, "Because you're nice to me and you like me and I like you too. That's just how Mollies are." It also meant that even if he didn't remember my name, he remembered the kindness. That was a huge learning moment for me.

by L2L3 in Six Words about Work - Lessons on Aug 19, 2011 | add favorite | T-shirt

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marymc says,

so sweet and how wonderfully rewarding.

L2L3 says,

Thanks. True, but those kids will steal your very soul, wrap themselves in it and still need more.

ctgoods2 says,

It's okay to wrap your soul around a kid. It's the adults where we need to be wary.

Excellent story, L2, really.

L2L3 says,

Thanks ct.

Martha_Garvey says,

Wow. Really beautiful.

L2L3 says,

Thank you.

Believe says,

Really love this, L2!

kjgardner says,

beautiful story, Nurse Molly!

VTya says,

Thank God for nurse Mollys and sweet children!

DynamicDbytheC says,

Wonderful and so much nicer to be a Nurse Molly than a Nurse Ratchet.

MrsPremise says,

Truly touching story, L2.

_Miracle says,

Nurse Molly RULES and what a darling of a kid

girlwiththehelmet says,

Beautiful.Some kindness goes very far.

JasperBloodstone says,

I thank Nurse Mollys everywhere
for all their tender loving care.

_Miracle says,

You are one outstanding lady! Love this story.

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