I spent my teenage years working at the local VA hospital in the kitchen helping with food preparation and serving meals to our veterans.
In my 20’s, I became a nursing assistant and worked at that same VA hospital in their psychiatric unit and nursing home.
At the age of 26, I went back to school and got my RN degree (ADN).
In my 30’s, 40’s and now 50’s, I have worked as an RN. I just passed my 20th year as a nurse.
So what if I had never become a nurse? What would my life be like? What would I be doing?
I have been wondering about this lately and can’t seem to imagine my life any other way. I think about all the lives I’ve touched and all those people who have touched my life, helping me to become the person I am today.
What if I have never met any of those people who changed me, taught me things I would never have learned elsewhere and inspired me to be a better person? To be happy?
I know I would be a different person and I don’t think it would have been for the better.
I was a shy, introvert with no confidence in myself and I didn’t even know who I was.
Nursing helped me find myself, gave me a voice and made me feel confident.
What if? No more what ifs, I became a nurse and it was the best decision I have ever made. It was tough and the road here wasn’t always easy to follow but I like to think that without me, all those people’s lives I have touched would also be different as well. I believe their lives are better because of me.
I was their advocate, teacher, mentor and friend. I helped them in difficult times and laughed with them when the news was good.
That "what if" is now, I am Proud to be a Nurse!
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