I chose nursing because I thought it would be a good job, then during nursing school I fell in love with the idea of nursing. I love helping others when they are at their most vulnerable time in life.
What about your job makes you most proud?
I don't look at my "job" as a job, it is my passion. It is what defines who I am. I love watching the kids improve. I enjoy making a difference not only to the patient, but also their family. I find satisfaction in the ups and the downs. When we lose a patient, I find peace in allowing the parent to climb in the bed to hold their child one more time. While that same night I can let another parent hold their "baby" for the first time in a long time. I love knowing that I made a difference in someone's life "today" even if it was for just a moment.
Tell us about a recent extraordinary patient care experience as a critical care nurse.
The most recent extraordinary patient care experience I had was with a 9 month old who has a terminal illness and who lived in our unit for over 10 weeks. He was critically ill for most of his stay and then by the grace of God he started to improve. I thought as many did that this day would never come but it did and now he is home with his family.
At the end of a busy day, how do you find balance in your life?
My family and friends are my balance at the end of a day. My friends know what I have been through and my family simply just makes me appreciate what I have. I thank God everyday that my child isn't laying in one of the beds I work with and pray that the others get to leave soon. I am humbled by what I do.
How has AACN impacted your career?
AACN has played a huge role in my career. I took one of the first pediatric CCRN exams that was offered. They have provided me with a foundation to what I do and helped elevate my nursing skills and knowledge. They empower me to take a stand when I know I am right, to voice my opinion, and to approach each situation with confidence.