Jamie Anderson’s death has completely blindsided me. I wish I could have said we were better friends. I met this women after she took my son’s newborn photos. She had so much passion for the work she did and I always felt like we had that in common. I’ve always felt an obligation to support the work women do, and Jamie was so extremely talented. When I asked if I could use her pictures for my articles, she didn’t hesitate to give me permission to use any of her photographs, because she was also eager to support the work other women were doing. Her sudden and unexpected death has impacted me more than I can describe.
Here is one of the last articles I published using Jamie’s photographs. Today, I hope everyone who reads this will take a moment to really reflect and consider how happy they currently are. As nurses, work is such a big part of our lives. We frequently take work home with us and think of our patients long after they’ve been discharged. If you are unhappy at work, take this opportunity to think of what you can do to change that. That doesn’t mean you have to change professions or even change hospitals. Maybe we could all start by making a commitment to ourselves to actively work at getting our happy back. We have the ability to do so many great things, I just want us to all feel empowered to actually do them. If there is anything I want everyone to know—to really really know—it’s that we all have the power to impact someone’s life with our passion for our patients and profession. Make the work that you do matter. Do great things, because we will never fully understand the impact we have on other people.
Until my next delivery ❤
Here’s to hoping that one day the work I do impacts people the way your work has Jamie xx