The Importance of Care  南丁格爾與國際護士節

Nurses provide a great service, and May 12 is a day set aside to recognize these unsung heroes.
護士為我們提供偉大的服務,而在 5 月 12 日國際護士節這天,讓我們一起向這些無名英雄致敬。

  Hospitals save lives, and the doctors that work in them are heroes to many. Of course, it isn't all up to the doctors. Along with all the other valuable workers who contribute to the health care industry, there are those who have a unique and noble function: nurses. While a busy doctor often rushes in to give a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment, a nurse has a different role that is equally important—attending to the patient's needs.
  It is nurses who do the job of providing comfort for patients and their families, teaching people about health and hygiene, and helping patients from day to day. Without the help of nurses, doctors would not be able to treat all their patients, or at least not as effectively. Unfortunately, losing nurses is not just a hypothetical problem these days. A nursing shortage has been growing in many parts of the world, and it's having noticeable effects on health care.
  With populations continually increasing in many countries, the number of trained nurses is not keeping up. Some places such as India are losing their best nurses to other countries that offer better salaries and less stressful working conditions. It's mandatory for nurses to keep up with ever-changing medical technology and recent developments with medicine. Demands such as these, along with insufficient staff numbers, are resulting in poor patient treatments and occasional medical errors. Nurses are there for us in our times of need, but who is there for them when they need it?

1. diagnosis n. 診斷(單數形)
diagnoses n. 診斷(複數形)
2. hygiene n. 衛生
3. effectively adv. 有效地
4. shortage n. 短缺,不足
food shortages  糧食短缺
5. stressful a. 緊張的;壓力重的
6. ever-changing a. 不斷改變的
7. staff n.(全體)職員(集合名詞)
a staff member  一名職員
8. occasional a. 偶爾的