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Chaplain Honors Philippine Nurses

posted May 5, 2014, 2:09 PM by Philippine Nurses Association of Georgia   [ updated May 5, 2014, 2:10 PM ]
This article was shared by the Senior Staff Chaplain of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta, GA.  As we celebrate Nurses' Week, let this be a reminder that everything we do - however insignificant or dreary it may seem - matters to our patients, their families and the people we work with.

Have you ever wondered why some of the world’s best runners come from Kenya… why some of the finest wines come from France… why some of the most priceless art work comes from Italy? Many answers may come to your mind: rigorous training, suitable climate, God-given talent, generous financial support. These are some of the good answers you might come up with.

Over the years I have had the honor to work with many outstanding nurses from different countries and cultures. I have often said that the Philippines seems to produce a great number of the world’s most gifted nurses. Why is that? It almost seems that when God created the world and fashioned the Philippine Islands He decreed, “From here shall come some of My most precious healers.”

I have often wondered why Philippine nurses distinguish themselves the way they do. A big part of the answer I think comes from the core values that underpin the Mission of the Philippine Nurse’s Association: Love of God and Country, Caring, Quality and Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration.  These tenets are not mere words in a document. Rather they are the fibers of a vocation that Philippine nurses hold intentionally and cherish. The tenets of their Mission are manifested in a wonderful humility and dignified grace that imbue their practice every day.

Philippine nurses are about family. They support each other, care for each other as they render care to those who are afflicted or broken. The devotion to their vocation is inspiring and infectious. In my role as a staff chaplain my Philippine nurse colleagues encourage me to be a better chaplain.  They motivate not just in words.  More so by example my Philippine colleagues show me how to be the best servant to God’s people I can be.

It is very appropriate at this time of year when we honor nurses of all cultures that we raise up our Philippine nurses for the unique and special dignity in which they carry themselves. Let us thank them all profoundly for the gift of their vocation.  How they share that sacred gift with our patients, their families, their colleagues makes us all more… and the world a better place.  

In Gratitude,

Greg Pocock BCC

Senior Staff Chaplain

Emory/St. Joseph’s Hospital

Atlanta, Georgia