National Nurse Week: in praise of the human connection

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In my life, like that of others, there have been moments of fear, even existential ones. Towards surgery. Hurry my kids to emergencies (on more occasions than I like to count). When my parents were sick and bad. These are the times when nothing else matters in the world except love and competent care.

During each of these frightening moments, it was the nurses who made the difference. They do more, of course, than treat our wounds and help heal our bodies. They support and comfort us, ensuring that our shared humanity is what drives the practice of medicine. In short, it is the nurses who pay attention to health care.


Amidst all the social isolation and fear of the unknown, the human connection that nurses have provided us, even at the risk of their own lives, is more than commendable. He is heroic.


After a year marked by fear, illness, and too much, too much death, we must multiply by ten our collective gratitude and appreciation for nurses. Amidst all the social isolation and fear of the unknown, the human connection that nurses have provided us, even at the risk of their own lives, is more than commendable. He is heroic.

As I stand in my gratitude for the nurses of my life, I think, “Who supports them?”

That’s why the work we do at Cisco to Simplify Healthcare, more accessible and more effective is deeply and personally meaningful to me. I like to imagine that the nurse who made my son laugh while suturing him has an easier way to care for his patients thanks to the secure network we offer. I think of the nurse who reassured me during my mother’s pacemaker surgery and I hope she can consult with her patients safely thanks to the expanded telehealth opportunities.

And I’m certainly heartbroken to learn that Cisco’s technology has allowed, in its own way, all those nurses who fought at the forefront of COVID to access the vaccines they need to safely continue their work and their lives.


Celebration of the National Nursing Week

Therefore, for this year’s #NationalNursingWeek, I want to express my gratitude to the nurses, not only for their medical skills, but for establishing this human connection with those who need it most. And I hope Cisco technology makes these connections easier, more robust, and more abundant.

From our team to yours, Happy National Nursing Week. We are very grateful for you.


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