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Fragile

Green, Cheryl

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000555
Department: Poetic Expressions
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Cheryl Green, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University and an off-shift nurse leader at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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This poem was inspired by nurses who often, in silence, mourn the death of their patients. The unspoken emotional pain can take a toll, as nurses must move forward in the care of others with minimal time to mourn, and caretaking begins again. The fragility of life is what nurses witness daily.

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Fragile

Fatigued.

A 12-hour shift completed.

The struggle to stay awake.

The long drive home.

Tears form a small pool in the eyes

and are quickly wiped away.

Visions of a patient who was alive

just hours before.

The arrival home.

A shower in silence as emotional and

physical exhaustion of the day emerges.

A deep sigh with more tears.

Life is fragile. This reality of moments in time

gives honor to patients lost and

tribute to the nurses that care for them.

Fragile.

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