Please give me strength,
to face the day ahead.
Please give me courage,
as I approach each hurting bed.
Please give me wisdom
with every word I speak.
Please give me patience,
as I comfort the sick and weak.
Please give me assurance,
as the day slips into night.
That I have done the best I can,
that I have done what is right.
Give to my heart, Lord…
compassion and understanding.
Give to my hands,
skill and tenderness.
Give to my ears
the ability to listen.
Give to my lips
words of comfort.
Give to me, Lord…
strength for this selfless service
and enable me to give hope
to those I am called to serve.
To be a nurse requires dedication,
with years of study and preparation.
I pray for guidance and humbly ask
that I will do well at this chosen task.
When illness strikes or pain demands,
and a life is placed within my hands,
give me compassion, knowledge and skill
to do the things that comfort and heal
Suffering makes patients’ fears grow worse
and they seek reassurance from their nurse.
Help me see things from their point of view
and always know what is best to do.
May I have a part in some small way,
in restoring good health to someone today.
Let my work be all that I want it to be
I ask the Great Healer to work through me.