As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse.
I had an aunt who was a nurse, and she would share the most amazing, cooky stories with me. She was such an interesting person, and I loved being around her. I knew I wanted to grow up and be a nurse just like her.
I muddled my way through college, eventually making it into a nursing school program. Nursing School was probably the most stressful time in my life. Between exams, clinicals, care plans, and so on I felt like I barely had time to breathe, let alone eat or sleep.
I remember leaving the campus for one last time after my final exam, and just crying all the way to my car. The relief was immeasurable. I couldn’t believe I’d finished nursing school.
I thought the hardest part of my nursing career was behind me. And, boy was I wrong.
In honor of Nurses Week, and to all the many wonderful nurses I’ve had the privilege to work alongside, I’m sure you will agree with me that being a nurse is a calling. It is a work of heart, that is not to be taken lightly.
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