Your Stories: I am a Nurse Because…

Every nurse and healthcare professional has a story. With Nurses Week quickly approaching, we thought it’d be the perfect time to share what inspired your fellow nurses to go into their profession.

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We recently asked our Facebook Fans and these are some of our favorite responses…

1. “Seeing how awesome the nurses were to my grandmother when she got sick inspired me to become an LPN.” – Brittany T.

2. “There are times in life where you sit and realize that you’re called to do more, give more, and be a light for others. There is an invisible “life bar” set higher than what you’d set for yourself. After being in a toxic relationship, I felt the calling to help and care for others more than I ever could have before because of what I’d gone through. Nursing is a vital combination of intelligence, bravery, and empathy, giving time and love to others with needs seen and unseen. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, a profession that would impact more outside my own personal bubble, and leave an imprint on this world greater than God has yet revealed. I am so grateful for what I do and the individuals I work with each day!”-Rachel S.

3. “I chose to follow my call to be a nurse by going to the same school my aunts attended. I also am the oldest of 9, so caring for people comes naturally.”– Peggy V.

4. “When I was in the 4th grade my mom had Melanoma Skin Cancer which spread to her lungs. She was given 3 months to live. I helped with her dressing changes and caring for her during this time. I knew right then I wanted to be a nurse. Mom’s doing well and has been in remission for 23 years. I’ve been an RN for 13 years!” – Nicole S.

5. “I spent numerous hours in the ICU with my grandfather, who was like a second father to me, at the age of 13. Being there every day after school opened my eyes to the profession. I saw how the nurses cared for my grandfather, but also for my family. They were so knowledgeable and kind. I knew I wanted to give the same back to someone and their family one day. I wouldn’t change my profession for the world.”– Melissa A.

6. “I was inspired by my mom. She was a nurse from 1971 till last year when she passed away. I went to work with her when I was little. She was my hero. I got a little off track when I was in my teens and early 20s’. So, when I divorced and got my act together, I started in home health care and have never looked back.  That was 10 years ago and I love what I do. I got to work side by side with my mom. It was wonderful. I wouldn’t change my life and my job for anything.” – Jamie F.

7. “Never dreamed of becoming a nurse when I was a kid, but if you are meant to be one, you will be one. I am now 25 years in this profession. And I am so blessed that I have touched many lives around the world by simply caring for the vulnerable, sick and weary. Thank you, UA, for being a part of my nursing journey.” – Vilma R.

nursing8. “Nursing is all I have ever wanted. I love going to work. I am blessed to be part of this profession.”– Denice K.

9. “I became a nurse to fulfill my lifelong dream of helping people in some of their most difficult times of life. I want to be the strong, compassionate person who stands beside them and advocates for them when they are in need.”– Tricia C.

10. “I didn’t know I wanted to go into the medical field until I was 16 when my dad had a heart attack. At that time, I had decided I wanted to be a cardiologist just like the one who saved my dad’s life and made sure his daughters had a dad and his wife had a husband. After going to my dad’s cardiologists’ appointments and talking to his doctor, and seeing the way the nurses treated my dad, I decided I wanted to be a nurse and be at the bedside with the patients. That’s when I decided to start taking some of my prerequisites and then became an LVN. Now after being an LVN for 3 years, I am 1 year away from graduating from my BSN program and know that I chose the best profession for me.”– Brittany B.

11. “I went against incredible odds to become a nurse. It was a desire that I had to make a difference in the care being given. I worked double shifts on weekends as a nursing assistant to pay my bills and put food on the table. Monday through Friday I drove 52 miles each way from Ann Arbor, MI to Toledo, Ohio to nursing classes and clinicals. I heard comments like ‘you will never make it,’ and ‘going against the odds.’ I am proud to be a nurse and strive to do my best always. My faith in God got me through it.” -Betty A.

To the nurses and all healthcare professionals, we want to say thank you for touching and caring for others when they need it most and for inspiring us every day. Don’t miss out on our Pre-Nurses Week Sale going on now and the Nurses Week fun we having coming up!

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