Husband Praises Nurse Wife

Last year, Phillip Urtz posted a photo of his wife Jessica eating lunch alone by herself at work. It looks like a little bit of a sad photo, but it’s one of the more peaceful moments of Jessica’s day. She’s a nurse at a busy hospital in New York and often doesn’t get time during her 14 hour days to take a break besides her lunch, so simply getting to sit down and eat in quiet has got to feel pretty incredible.

Phillip posted the photo to draw awareness to how hard nurses work for the benefit of sick people. Doctors often get all the credit, and they definitely should be praised for their work, but nurses also pull long hours and often get more facetime with their patients. They give the job their full effort and attention, and it can sometimes wear them down unless they can find the time to sit and reflect on the impact they’re making. Sometimes Jessica comes home and is energized and happy, Phillip reports. Sometimes she’s sad and withdrawn. However, she rarely wants to talk about work.

His post read: “At work she takes care of people who are having the worst days of their lives. Strokes, Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls, breaks, brain damage and more. She takes care of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and families. It doesn’t matter who you are or what happened. She will take care of you. She works through lunch and rarely has time to sit. She comes home after 14 hours, takes off her shoes that have walked through blood and tears, and just wants to sit down. I don’t ask her about her day because She doesn’t like to talk about work when she is home and that’s fine. If she does want to talk, I will listen.” In our minds, they’re both heroes.