Australian nurse Caitlin Brassington was furious after being told she was
Australian nurse Caitlin Brassington was furious after being told she was "just a nurse".

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ALL Caitlin Brassington wanted was to pick up some milk after finishing a gruelling day at a hospital "some very sick babies".

It was there that an acquaintance commented on her scrubs, telling her he was surprised to see her in uniform because they didn't realise Ms Brassington was "just a nurse".

The nurse of 18 years was furious.

She told ABC that she had heard the phrase before, "but today it got to me".

As she prepared to collect her three girls from school, she wrote an open letter on Facebook, which has generated a wave of support not just for her, but for nurses more broadly.

In it, she touches on the moments of beauty, stress and joy she encounters as a nurse, whether it's the moment a baby enter the world, or be the calming presence when someone exits.

"I have performed CPR on patients and brought them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse," she wrote.

Read the full letter below:

Just a Nurse'. I am just home from a busy shift, looking very ordinary in my scrubs.

On the way home today I stopped at the shop for milk and saw an acquaintance. She has never seen me in uniform and said that she didn't realise I was 'just a nurse'. Wow! Over my 18 year career I have heard this phrase many, many time, but today it got to me. Am I just a nurse?

I have helped babies into the world, many of whom needed assistance to take their first breath, and yet I am just a nurse.

I have held patients hands and ensured their dignity while they take their last breath, and yet I am just a nurse.
I have counselled grieving parents after the loss of a child, and yet I am just a nurse.

I have performed CPR on patients and brought them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse.

I am the medical officers eyes, ears and hands with the ability to assess, treat and manage your illness, and yet I am just a nurse.

I can ascultate every lung field on a newborn and assess which field may have a decreased air entry, and yet I am just a nurse.

I can educate patients, carers, and junior nurses, and yet I am just a nurse.

I am my patients advocate in a health system that does not always put my patients best interest first, and yet I am just a nurse.

I will miss Christmas Days, my children's birthdays, and school musicals to come to work to care for your loved one, and yet I am just a nurse.

I can take blood, cannulate and suture a wound, and yet I am just a nurse.

I can manage a cardiac arrest in a newborn, a child or an adult, and yet I am just a nurse.

I can tell you the dosage of adrenaline or amiodarone based on weight that your child may need to bring them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse.

I have the experience and knowledge that has saved people's lives.

So, if I am just a nurse, then I am ridiculously proud to be one! 



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