To the patients who inspire me...

For me, it started as a young child wanting to defend and protect my family. Just when I thought I could not find love in comparison... I became a mother. I’ve learned the compassion you have for those you love truly has no limits. With a semester of college education under my belt and my own family I knew I had one of two choices. I chose to further my education... in compassion. I cannot even begin to describe how rewarding it is to be a nurse. I’m not sure exactly how much patients truly know their influence on our lives. Short term, chronic, life ending, life altering and debilitating injuries, illnesses and diseases... we’ve met all different kinds/types/ages of people who have lived through them, with them, and/or died as a result. I wish I could put it into perfect word their impact... but it is not possible. My best attempt at a description is “love”. The experiences literally surround you with emotions you did not know you were capable of feeling. It can create laughter that leaves you with a permanent smile, bring you to tears in an instant and cause pain that permanently scars you. The most important part... it is all worth it. Because of it you become truly aware of the world that surrounds us, how life literally changes in an instant and to appreciate every waking moment you have. Life and death are no longer what you read or hear about, you experience it first hand. I believe that being a nurse is a gift. Nursing is not for the one track minded, unempathetic, biased and judgmental kind. You’re considered a patient advocate for a reason. Although I am by no means a perfect nurse, I know I am not practicing just to have a paycheck. I am one of the many privileged individuals hired to care for someone’s loved one. I know in my heart the importance of what that position holds... and hope to help those who see it as anything less put things back into perspective.


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