Nursing Essence

The True Meaning of Nursing


There are numerous theories written about nursing. Each theory is tested on all the elements and they fit into this science of caring. Could it be then that nursing is not a theory but a natural human phenomena of self-preservation and existence?


As a nurse, you will always be asked about nursing. You are caught on the spot. You have no time to google its definition. How will you define NURSING? Don't worry because there is nobody better than you who can define nursing. Its true meaning is in your heart, deeply rooted within you, based on the very foundation of your moral values and beliefs. It is based on the Golden Rule, and  there is nothing higher than this, a theory Above all things.

 Nursing is taking care of others as you want to be taken cared of when you get into the same situation.


This is simply said, very powerful, and true. How else can you define Nursing?

~Myrna D. Santos, MSN, RN

Florence Nightingale Pledge

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly,

 to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.


I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.


I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling.


With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.


~Florence Nightingale


The Wisdom of Florence Nightingale

Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better. ~ Florence Nightingale

Mothers & Nurses

Being a mother and a nurse is one of the greatest challenges a woman can have. Many of you have done it, while others are currently with young children and even more will have children; being both is difficult but doable and gives you the fulfillment of a lifetime achievement.


Nurse, Mom, Nur-sing, Mo-the-ring …..You are Beautiful!


To all mom-nurses, we greet and salute you all,

                 Happy Mother's Day, Everyday 


A Mother’s Double Treat Special 

Today, (Mother’s Day) I opened the refrigerator to find a luscious chocolate cake. It’s my son’s favorite! Then I asked my husband if there is dinner at home. He said, “It is for my birthday on the 13th, I thought that Robbie and Mary love this cake, so I bought them.”


I gave him an extra hug for that, because he has always been a mother to my children for me. He loves my children to complement a mother’s love that is always short of expression for my children. Happy Mother’s Day, Bobby!!   


~Myrna D. Santos

May 10,2015


Redefining Motherhood

I will take this opportunity to ponder some on the evolving change on how I view motherhood in modern times. Once a mother, you are always a mother, however, your mothering role will change in every phase of your life as well as your children's. The traditional roles will change into something more to fit into the needs of both of you. Remember, mothers have needs, too.


Let your own imagination flow and see how this thought of motherhood apply to you and perhaps it will help you find where you and your mother belong at this time and place. Let the relationship go deeper into the real essence of motherhood, when the connection goes beyond the chord at birth into a meeting of two minds, soul and spirit.


Does anybody need a mother?


Myrna D. Santos, RN

May 10, 2014

BECOMING WISE: Your Wisdom Come

Wisdom Unfolds


"We need to think differently in order to learn, that really, there is no right or wrong answer in life, it depends on our perception and how we look at things." MDS


"Live Life as it comes; "for the things you can change, change them; for the things you can’t, accept them."



1. Intelligence leads to arguments. Wisdom leads to settlements.


2. Intelligence is power of will. Wisdom is power OVER will.


3. Intelligence is heat, it burns. Wisdom is warmth, it comforts.


4. Intelligence is the pursuit of knowledge, it tires the seeker. 

    Wisdom is pursuit of truth, it inspires the seeker.


5. Intelligence is holding on. Wisdom is letting go.


6. Intelligence leads you. Wisdom guides you.


7. An intelligent man thinks he knows everything. 

    A wise man knows that there is still something to learn.


8. An intelligent man always tries to prove his point. 

    A wise man knows there really is no point... its open.


9. An intelligent man freely gives unsolicited advice. 

    A wise man keeps his counsel until all options are considered.


10. An intelligent man understands what is being said.

     A wise man understands what is left unsaid.


11. An intelligent man speaks when he has to say something. 

    A wise man speaks when he has something to say.


12. An intelligent man sees everything as relative.

     A wise man sees everything as related.


13. An intelligent man tries to control the mass flow. 

     A wise man navigates the mass flow.


14. An intelligent man preaches. A wise man reaches.


15. Intelligence is good, but wisdom achieves better results.


(Note: This has been circulating in my musings in the social media, author not known)

In and Out of the Box

While it is good to be thinking outside of the box, staying within the box defies the reason if only to be bonded with the team to gain strength.~MDS

Ethical Practice and Quality Care: Cause & Effect

Nursing satisfaction (personal and professional) promotes ethical practice that lead to quality care.


It's the differences between you and others, not the similarities, that keep you all close. Embrace and respect the fact that you won’t always agree. Harmony doesn't happen when all notes are the same; it happens when different notes come together and create a beautiful sound. Love the music you and others make.


Develop a strong ability to pick things up quickly. All you have to do is take one glance at how to do something. Learning by example will apply to all areas of your life. Witnessing some tension in someone else's relationship will teach you what you want or, more importantly, what you don't. Someone's bizarre behavior will inspire you to take the opposite approach (and you'll have much more success).


  • Outsmarting an "old dog"
  • Touching one's "softest" hard spot (Achilles tendon) for difficult people

First Lessons of the Day


It was few days after the blizzard of NY. Streets remain covered with tons of snow, no longer pure and white but melty, black and dirty from the sidewalks. I saw a woman running fast making her way from the piles of snow to catch a bus which has just left and now a little bit off from the bus stop and waiting for the green light. By the time the woman reaches the bus, the driver started the bus and did not pick her up. There may be rules for the bus, but….a little kindness, please?



“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that someone might do the same for you.”
~Princess Diana


I expect to pass through this life but once. Therefore, if there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for another human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.
~William Penn


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