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Love and Nursing



Thegentle act of assuming an office within the conclave of a patient’s heart is a virtue borne out of love. Nursing is not just a profession but a vocation which cannot be defined in isolation.

Fundamentally, to nurse is to care. And what is “caring” without love, a vital force? Nurses do not go to the university or nursing school to learn how to care or love. In fact, no institution would teach you how to heal a patient with a mere hand touch or words. No school teaches nurses the patience of enduring a patient’s spittle and insults and absorbing them with smiles and cheers. The call of nursing is that very call in which one loses himself in order to find another. There is more to the formation of the Intellect and even, Character which is often gotten from the educational institutions. That extra value that gives flesh to a skeletal nursing is LOVE. We cannot care effectively if we do not have love for human beings despite the colour, tongue or race. Love gives essence to nursing, just as nursing is an evidence of a lovely heart.

As we celebrate the International Nurses’ Week which kicks off today, I personally reflect on the rare privilege I have: of standing tall in the casement of people’s thoughts and secrets, the privilege of joining the Creator in His creative powers of healing and recreating a fallen and falling creatures in creation.

By Nurse Ikechukwu Ogbu


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Ikechukwu Ogbu is a nurse whose motto had remained: To Love and Nurse. This strong belief forms the beautiful circlet in which he puts his head every morning. As an adjunct career, he peddles words for a living. No doubt, he has carved himself a niche in the temple of fame. This could be seen in his published books: Facing the Challenges of Life as a Youth (2014;2016), Cosmic Tales of the Mind: A Collection of Poems and Memoirs (2015), A Dangling Stethoscope (2018). His classic research on the associative factors that pose at loggerheads with accreditation of Nigerian nursing schools using SON, Mkar, Benue State as a case study is being reviewed in an international journal. Currently, Ikechukwu is working on his fourth book and the biographies of two Nigerian oracles. He hopes to come out of the seeming herculean task fully made before the end of the year, 2019. His articles and stories spanning through philosophy, psychology, theology, love, romanticism/eroticism, satire, eulogies, dirge etc are geared towards informing and enlightening a contemporary mind on the variegated natures of existentialism and fundamentalism. He is a humanist and an idealist whose basic value is in the advancement of humankind. Ikechukwu loves reading motivational and story books to no ends, just as he likes writing to high heavens. He bakes and cooks well. He plays football to keep fit and visits the gym once in a blue moon. As a single, he mingles within the bounds of social decorum, enjoying the company of men and women alike. Silence and solitude are few of his secret tools.

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