Do for, or do with

Two ways of nursing: We can take care of people, or we can help people care for themselves.

We can exert power over, or we can give away power.

We can speak on behalf, or we can listen.

We can advocate for people, or we can help people take responsibility for themselves.

We can make decisions for people, or we can let people decide.

Doing for is easier in the short run. Doing with is what creates real, lasting change.

It’s up to us to choose.