Palmetto Health Baptist Nursing Staff

The Thank You Project

The Thank You Project



Dear Nursing Staff at Palmetto Health Baptist,

Most people never see much of the difficult work you do. You work long hours — often with critically ill people — and help families who are coping with a loved one’s health crisis.

I’d never set foot in an ICU until two weeks ago, when I found myself visiting my dad as he recovered from a complex surgery. Throughout his time in the hospital I was reassured by many members of the nursing staff, but nowhere more so than in the ICU. There, the nursing staff carried themselves so professionally and assuredly that I felt more comfortable with everything happening around me.

It was while I watched the ICU staff one afternoon that it finally clicked. I realized what makes nurses so special. It’s courage. Surrounded by room after room of life hanging in the balance, I never saw an inkling of fear, only purpose, compassion and strength.

After this experience, I can honestly say I will never look at nurses the same way again. I have even more respect and appreciation than I did before.

Thank you for the hard work and generous effort you put forth to help others every day. You are inspiring.



Julie Turner


The Thank You Project is a yearlong Wordsmith letter writing and blog project. I’m recognizing and thanking people who enrich my life and make my community an even better place to live.