Street Nurse Cathy Crowe Receives Honourary Doctorate
Crowe, a street nurse and pioneer in the field of care for homeless
populations, has been called a leader, innovator, advocate, health
professional and an inspiration. Today,
Catherine Tompkins, Associate Dean of the
has been a street nurse in
Addressing the nursing program graduates, Ms Crowe shared a definition that she believes to be the best description of nursing: "Nursing is attending to meaning. Does that mean nursing is about the meaning of life? Well no, but it is about the meaning of living," she said. "Attending to meaning is about attending to the individual, attending to the family and attending to the community that you are nursing."
In a passionate and moving speech, Ms Crowe paid tribute to a number of nurses whose actions have courageously demonstrated a commitment to the idea that nursing is attending to meaning. She concluded with these words: "Be proud that you are a nurse. You can walk into a room, a family home, a homeless shelter, a community meeting and say 'I'm a nurse. What can I do to help you?' - which really means 'what do you need, how can I support you and fight for what you need?' And you can, and you will make a real difference in this world."
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