According to Statistics New Zealand, the population of this country now, as I type this, is 4,405,134. They estimate that the population increases by one person every 10 minutes and 46 seconds, one birth every 8 minutes and 10 seconds, one death every 20 minutes and 7 seconds and a net migration gain of one New Zealand resident every 49 minutes and 51 seconds. Nurses will be there at the majority of births, a lot of the deaths, and no doubt there amongst the migrants, too. I know they are amongst these graduates celebrating the start of their careers after all the long hours of study and hard work.
If I had the inclination to crunch the numbers I could work out what the population would likely have been at 10 am on 12 May when I attended a morning tea to celebrate International Nurses Day. Yes, I took photos but I forgot to ask permission from the subjects to use them, so had best not.
12 May marks the 185th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The nursing profession has come a very long way since the achievements of one of its greatest but still today we have ministering angels. And where would we be without them?
I took the opportunity later in the day to say thank you for her comfort, compassion, and caring to my doctor’s nurse. I swear my blood pressure would be higher from white coat syndrome were it not for her.
I know Friday Shoot Outs are meant to be about photography. Somehow, I just can't get my head around this topic. I keep thinking about the spirit of nursing and don't know how to go about capturing that.
BUT, to see how the rest of the team has interpreted this topic, just pop over here.
"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts." Florence Nightingale