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Happy National Nurses Day. During this COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen more and more how much nurses and physicians are doing for their communities and we owe them a debt of gratitude.
Ways to Thank Our Nurses
- Instagram posts with cardboard signs
- Mail them (care of the local hospitals) handmade cards
- Order take out food for the nurses at your local hospital.
Quotes Celebrating Nurses
“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.”
“Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.”
Movies and TV Shows Celebrating Nurses
Army Wives (TV-PG)
Denise Sherwood (Catherine Bell) is a great example of a woman who put her career on hold to raise a family and goes back to get certified as a nurse in Season 2.
As of 6 May 2020, the show is available with iMDbTV.
Trivia. The amputee patient’s name is MAC which was Catherine Bell’s character in JAG.
Band of Brothers (TV-MA for violence, language, and sexuality)
In the episode “Bastogne”, T-4 Eugene Roe meets and befriends Renée Lemaire (Lucie Jeanne), a Belgian nurse who volunteered at the local aid station where she helped tend to over 150 seriously wounded patients per day without adequate rest or food.
Trivia. According to Don Addor‘s Noville Outpost of Bastogne – My Last Battle, Lemaire’s “very presence among those wounded men seem to be an inspiration to those whose morale had declined from prolonged suffering”.
Call the Midwives (TV-PG)
This well-loved television show pays homage to the NHS while following the nurses, midwives, and nuns from Nonnatus House.
Trivia. It takes approximately 7 hours to film every birth and real infants can only film for 15 minutes at a time so the team has worked with thousands of children.
The English Patient (R for sex scenes, violence, and language)
Juliette Binoche earned a Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Hana, a Canadian nurse who cared for Ralph Fiennes‘ injured soldier during World War II.
Trivia. Ralph Fiennes’ burn make-up took five hours to apply every day.
Miracles from Heaven (PG)
While not about any specific nurse, this movie starring Jennifer Garner (based on a true story) is a great testimony to the medical profession in general, especially those at Boston Children Hospital.
Trivia. Dr. Nurko is a real physician at Boston Children Hospital who eases his patients’ treatment by playing games with them
Pearl Harbor (PG-13 for sexuality, violence, and language)
Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Garner are nurses at Pearl Harbor who demonstrate strength in the middle of the chaos of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.
Trivia. The Hosptial was never bombed by the Japanese. They were under direct instructions not to attack civilians. Michael Bay added the scene to make the attack even more barbaric.
Enjoy and be sure to thank your nurse the next time you see her or him!
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Who is the nurse who has impressed upon you the most with her or his faithfulness and over-the-top acts of compassion and care?