Nursewing.com is nurse owned and operated by Evie
Stankowski, RN. While this website offers many services
for nurses, the main goal of this website is to uplift
nurses and healthcare professionals alike for a job well
done. As nurses we are very good at giving praise and
encouragement to our patient's -- it's time we did the
same for one another. This is the primary goal of this
website and of the nursing poetry series and nursing tributes available.
About the Author
E.V. Stankowski is an RN of 40 years with an expertise in alcohol and drug dependency detox/rehab treatment. She graduated in 1974 with her LPN Diploma. After working eight years an an LPN,
she graduated in 1981 with her RN Degree. Present
nursing career is in Case Management.
She was born and raised in Long Island,
New York, but now lives in the state of Florida with her
husband and daughter.
She has written two other poetry
collections; "Brethren Collection" which are poems
reflecting Christian writings and, the "Petals of Gold
Collection," which encompasses a variety of literary
works and poetry.
Angel of Mercy Collection - Why Did I Write It?
I have been repeatedly asked "why" did I write the
nursing tributes. I will attempt to answer that
There are two basic
reasons why I wrote the nursing tributes: First and
foremost, I felt led of the Lord to write them.
And for those of you who are wondering "What does she
mean by that," I will explain. One day (in 1995)
as I was conversing with the Lord (during my drive home
from work), I told the Lord I wanted to so something
special for nurses, something different, but did not
know what. And than the words "Nursing Tributes"
came to mind. As I mediated on these words, the
concept of writing uplifting poems for nurses also came
When I arrived home I continued to think
on these words and looked up the word Tribute.
When I read the definition: "A gift, payment, declaration, or other acknowledgment of gratitude, respect, or admiration", not only was it the
perfect approach but so beautiful. I than told the Lord
while in prayer if he
wanted me to write these "Tributes" than he would have
to give me the words. Well, needless to say, I
spend that entire weekend writing. My first
Tribute was titled "Angel of Mercy" and is a poem for
nurses in general.
Few points of interest
that have come out of writing the tributes. First, they
were all in rhyme. This was very different for me
as 90% of all the poetry I had written up to that point
had been in prose format. I found rhyme to be
something mainly for children's works - never did I
equate it with adult poem writing.
I did not
understand the reason for this style of writing at
first, but now, years later, I can see a real benefit to
writing the tributes in rhyme. No matter how long
it has been since my last tribute, I can easily pick up
the writing format because there is a specific rhythm
involved. You could say it's like riding a bike.
Once you have the mechanics down of bicycle riding, it
does not matter how long you stay away from it, it does
come back to you once you get on that bike. All be it
rusty at first (LOL = laughing out loud), but it does
Secondly, something I did
not initially pick up on and most of the tributes
included it -- there is an object of tribute located in
heaven for every profession. Example, in my
Nursing Instructor Tribute the object in
heaven is Diamond Letters on a Palace Wall of
The second reason why I
wrote the tributes, has to do with the following:
In my many years as a nurse, there is a repeated theme I've observed. It's
one that tugs at my heart, the frequently forgotten
ingredient in this mixture we call Nursing. An
ingredient that compliments all the skills nurses
posses. This element? PRAISE—A pearl of great worth to
our profession, for it never forgets to commend our
nurses for a job well done.
It is with this premise in
mind, that I have written the "Angel of Mercy"
collection. A series designed to remember "the
forgotten" pat on the back for a job well done, the
"Thank You" that got lost along the way - to remain
unspoken. They are tributes to nurses in all walks of
life. A reminder that their efforts have not gone
My sincerest hope is to bring a touch of
heaven by their side, realizing that nurses truly are
angels sent from above. How do I know this? It is an
observation of 22 years. I've witnessed it many times in
my nursing journey and with each occurrence I am forever
touched, for it encompasses the basis of recovery for
every patient. It is a gift nurses possess, their innate
ability to be moved by compassion towards the suffering
individual, truly a commendable skill, and one that aids
the healing process of humanity.
The Angel of Mercy
Collection started out as a series to pay tribute to
nurses, but over time, upon various job requests, the
collection has branched out to include job roles from
people in many walks of life.
With Warm Regards,
Evie Stankowski, RN
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