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Happy Nurses Week—2016 Thank You for All You Do!
Dear Team,
‘National Nurses Week’ begins every year on May 6th, ending on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Martha’s Hands will celebrate our nurses beginning the week of Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 12th
Have you ever wondered who and how this vocation we call Nursing began?
What impacted you to become a Nurse?
Do you see it as a calling or a vocation?
How do you see yourself as part of the Nursing History?
The word ‘Nurse’ originally came from the Latin word ‘nutrire’, meaning to suckle, referring to a ‘wet nurse’, who is a recently pregnant woman, hired to help provide milk nourishment for an in-fant. In the late 16th century it attained its modern meaning of caring for the infirmed.
From the earliest times of history, in most cultures, we can find references to those who cared for others. Mother’s and Father’s cared for their spouses, children, ‘families’ and tribes, and members of their households including their slaves.
Many experiences were based on a religious and service principles, ie In Scripture there are many references and commands to care for others, ie. The Story of the Good Samaritan, The Beatitudes of Jesus Christ, Revelation’s scene of the Final Judgement, ie ‘When you cared for the sick, fed the hungry, cared for the poor, you did it for Me’. The Judeo-Christendom, Indian, Muslims and other ancient peoples generated a stream of dedicated nurses from their earliest days.
The development of Western Civilization included the Church teachings and values of caring for others, out of love of our God. In Europe before the foundation of modern nursing, Catholic orders of nuns and priests, Deaconesses and the military often provided nursing-like services which would set the example for other religious and secular groups going forward.
In the Acts of the Apostles, it speaks of Paul sending a nurse ‘Phoebe’ out to serve as a nurse, our first document Home Care Visit.
Paul also spoke of being shipped wrecked on Malta and the natives binding his wounds, caring for him and sending him on their way to Rome to preach the Good News.
During the Crimean War, a Christian woman named Florence Nightingale, a nurse, began docu-menting and developing the orders that would develop into the modern nursing profession. The Nursing profession would continue to develop and would take until the 20th Century to become what it is today.
At Martha’s Hands, we see it as a vocation, a call by our God, to care deeply with compassion and love for another. It became our mission of love through service. And it became our mot-to: “We serve with our Hands, love with our Hearts, and seek the face of God in those we serve”.
And so, may we at ‘Martha’s Hands’ truly salute You All… as you continue to dedicate yourselves to those principles of loving God by serving others. We are extremely grateful ! Eileen & John, Dennis & Mary, Andrew & Denise,

We are growing and hiring! Do you know an RN/LPN looking to work for a great company in Private Duty Home Care? We currently have 4 positions open. Please send your CV to or visit our website to complete an applciation through our Employment Opportunities page.

Happy St Valentine’s Day to you and your family. May you feel the love …, ‘ Love one another for God is love’ 

Moving into February, we want to Salute Two Great Presidents of America, President George Washington & President Abraham Lincoln.
Their leadership at critical times in our history encouraged us in our love for freedom and justice. In the case of President Washington, it led to the founding of America while acknowledging our Creator as having given us rights in the gifts of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness to be shared among our nation.
During the War between the States, it was President Lincoln, who was courageous to stand up to demand equal rights for all our people.
Leadership demanded each of them to have and use tremendous virtues, always acknowledging from whom all their gifts came....their Lord, God, Creator.
May we always emulate them in our lives and be grateful in asking for God to bless America.
Bible Quote: Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is... What are you doing for others?" MLK
This is the question that defines us, that gives us drive, that fulfills the question our God will ask us on the Great Judgement Day. How will you answer?
"The true neighbor, Dr King states, will risk is position, his prestige, even his life for the welfare of others." This statement exemplified the life & legacy of Dr Martin Luther King JR. He dreamed of a world where brothers and sisters of our Creator were held as equal. He knew it was possible and worked hard to bring about major changes in the Civil Rights of our country in the 50s & 60's. I saw him stand and lead when others were insure. He became the strong voice of my youth that spoke out for others. That gave me a sense of moral compass. As a young nurse, I was part of a health service team that broke a racial line asking me to not serve at an event where he was speaking. Thankfully, that day was peaceful as he encouraged the people of St Louis in peace.
In many ways, When you caregivers have to speak up for the sick, to be a health advocate for them to their families and communities, You are that person who has concern for others.
We at Martha's Hands are proud of you and ask God to continue to bless your work.
May our Creator grant you His love and mercy.
Eileen McCaffrey Hedrick RN. BSHA
And the Martha's Hands Team

Anybody see an Ark around here?

Please share.
Martha's Hands is hiring a Full time/ Full Benefit Nurse Care Manager for our office team. If you or someone you know has experience in home care and are a RN or LPN, please email your resume to

Thank you to all the Veterans!
Today we celebrate your sacrafices and commitment to serve our country and defend our freedom. Martha's Hands has had the honor of caring for many veterans during our years of service. May God bless you and keep you. St Michael the archangel, pray for all the soldiers and veterans and keep them safe.

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Another learning opportunity for our team!
SLU Care Physicians Group presented the positive impact of a Rapid Geriatric Assesment for Aging Successfully, avoiding hospitalizations and caring for the caregiver. All speakers sponsored by Brookdale of Creve Coeur.

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Today we celebrate the Feast of All Souls.
Depending on your faith, today we pray those who have pasted so their divine souls may rest in Heaven. Some cultures celebrate this feast day by visiting the graves of their loved ones to say a prayer. Sometimes they may even leave them food. For us at Martha's Hands, we pray...

Happy All Saints Day! Who is your patron Saint?
Our Patron saint is St Martha of course. Pray for those you love and you ask your patron saint for a blessing today.
Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to his words and be present to him this day. Amen
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