Care is an interesting word- in some cases it is a verb, while in other scenarios it is a noun. I guess it speaks to the importance of this word, especially in medicine. Our objective is to provide care – a service aimed at improving the health of our patients. In order to do this, however, we must actually care – meaning, to take this duty to heart; to truly wish to fulfill our objectives.
Fortunately, I am working within an institution where that mission is laid bare by all who work here- from the parking attendants to the greeters to our medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and my medical colleagues, the sense of a shared purpose delivered with compassion lies at the heart of the definition of “caring”.