How one epic act of kindness brought tears to a man’s eyes
By Jake Lynch
A story from Bairnsdale Regional Health Service and its EPIC Nurses: Turns out all he really wanted was a shave.
This story happened earlier this year. The man was a patient in our Tambo Ward, and he’d been with us for five days.
In between visits with doctors, nurses and various staff for his care and treatment, he watches quietly as the busy nurses hustle from room to room around the ward.
Then one day a new nurse starts her shift. She takes a moment to sit down next to the man.
And she asks him something that, until then, no one else had.
“What matters to you right now?”
“Nothing,” he says. “I’m okay.”