Songs that are Perfect for the Nursing Profession

Songs that are Perfect for the Nursing Profession

Apr 1, 2015 | 9:00 am

The nursing profession is one of stress, anxiety and sometime extreme emotion. Come to think of it, that sounds like the inspiration for many good songs. Pain and misery lead to great art and some really catchy tunes. Feelings of relief, love and happiness also make for some amazing music, such as these songs that are of special interest to the nursing profession.

I Want to Hold Your Hand

The Beatles were probably not thinking about nursing and healthcare when writing their superstar signature song, but it’s easy to see why it’s a song that touches the heart of working nurse. So, many patients want something more than a diagnosis and good quality room service. They want someone to hold their hand, comfort them, and assure them that everything’s going to work out for the best. This song is a catchy reminder of the emotional healing powers of a nurse.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon and Garfunkel’s tearjerker of a tune could be attributed to anybody, from a lover to a father figure or a best friend for life. However, in the nursing profession, it speaks as to the entire medical facility. Doctors, nurses, administrators and others who work hard to provide quality care, oftentimes making exceptions to the rule just to take care of patients who are facing life or death. It’s always reassuring to know that there are always bridges over the troubled water of our times—our fellow human being.

The Nurse Who Loved Me

We get a kick out of A Perfect Circle’s nurse loving song, though to be honest, it seems as if the lyrics are being sung by a delirious patient waking up from anesthesia. Nurses are supposed to be lovable and kind, and it’s perfectly understandable why patients “fall in love” with them, even though most nurses never reciprocate the feeling. Nurses think it’s better if you just remain “friends.”

We’ve Only Just Begun

The Carpenters’ We’ve Only Just Begun has been used everywhere, for everything, from love stories to horror films (1408). However, many nurses see this song as a metaphor for the profession, particularly when beginning in nursing school. Indeed, as stressful and overwhelming as the first day is, it only gets more intense. So, hold on and start singing!

Hotel California

Turns out this song were not about Hell or about Hollywood, but about nursing school! With lines like “You can check out any time you like/But you can never leave!,” “And still those voices are calling from far away, wake you up in the middle of the night” and “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device,” it’s a little hard not to feel like the song is written about your long, hard day. How many patients are left to their own devices once they leave the emergency room? An uncomfortable song that still manages to be easy listening, classic Eagles.

What’s on your playing list? It’s time to de-stress with a little rock and pop.