Tucking you in
by Mary E. McBride Majkut
I walked by your room today.
I’m not your nurse.
I don’t even work on this floor.
But you called out.
“Nurse!” you beckoned, looking at me.
As I walked past your room
I considered whether or not to enter.
I found a little wisp of an old woman
Lying in bed.
You looked so very vulnerable.
Then, you spoke.
Softly, yet with urgency, you asked,
Trying to digest your statement.
It wasn’t the fact that you were confused,
That was apparent.
But I thought about
How you must have felt.
Then I tucked you in,
I hugged you
And told you to go to sleep.
That Mama was
Not far away.
Mary F. McBride Majkut, RN, BS, is interim nursing
manager, Emergency Department, Nashoba Valley Med-
ical Center in Ayer, Mass. “Tucking you in” and other
poems by the author were included in The HeART of
Nursing poster presentations displayed at the 37th Bien-
nial Convention of the Honor Society of Nursing in
Toronto. Malkut views many nurse-patient encounters as
inspiration for stories and poems and sees nursing experi-
ences as gifts that provide insight into our true purpose as
nurses, as humans.
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