As I reflect on my 19 years of being in the nursing field, it's easy to look at my bad days or re-evaluate my success in nursing and ask "have I added value to my field? Would Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, and Mary Mahoney be proud?" I often hear that since I am more behind the scenes on the technology side of nursing now, "you're not a real nurse anymore", and well, if I pay my license renewal fee every 2 years, if I went through the trenches to earn my degree and pass the NCLEX on the first try, if I helped to save lives, and if you were to need someone to care for you if you were to get ill this second, I think that would still classify me as a "real nurse". Below are just some of the highlights of my nursing career and I am ever so grateful to celebrate this week and Year of the Nurse, and continue to pray for my nurses on the frontlines, risking their lives everyday. Heroes!
Matthew 5:16 “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”.
During my senior year of high school in 2001 (voted most Quietest Girl by the way):
Earned Patient Care Tech & Nurse Assistant Certification
Vignette published in Community Heath Nursing 5th edition textbook (by Mary Jo Clark) during final year of nursing school
Worked in float pool as Patient Care Tech at big Barnes-Jewish Hospital & CNA at a Cardinal Ritter s