Here are 8 inspiring stories about being a nurse that might just have such an effect on you:
- First an engineer, then a stay-at-home mom for 21 years, this anonymous 48-year-old nursing student (with four teenagers at home) was touched by the hospital care her severely disabled, non-communicative younger brother received before his death. Read about her triumphant third career here:
- Advised not to go into nursing by her father, registered mental health nurse Bette McMullan has worked in pediatrics, oncology, and now is a team-leader in her community mental health day hospital and inpatient unit. You can find out how she overcame her challenges, here:
- Former police officer Patrick Joyce decided to become a registered nurse after a decade of watching the emergency department staff at his local hospital in action. In 2015, he’s scheduled to graduate with a Master’s of Science in Nursing:
- Betsy Tirado’s volunteer medical mission to Guatemala led to a lifetime of volunteer service with non-profit humanitarian organizations, all because an aunt who paved the way for her as a nursing role-model. Read about their work at:
- Alarmed by the night terrors tormenting a resident of the retirement home where she worked the overnight shift, JT Hayes discovered that she could give peace-of-mind to others with a surprisingly-little extra one-on-one time: http://tinyurl.com/ms237eq
- After the September 11 attacks, Heidi Ritter decided to serve in the Air Force at emergency field hospitals in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, then in Iraq. According to a story on the U Texas website: “To relax [there], she taught yoga and swam at the pool on base. She couldn’t use the high dive because of snipers.” Read the full story at: http://www.utexas.edu/features/2011/05/16/commencement11/
- This anonymous hospital-volunteer-turned-nursing-student was only three months into her program when her 6-month-old baby was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Inspired by those who supported her as her daughter died at home, she specialized in pediatric home care. Here’s her full story: http://tinyurl.com/k8enofu
- An anonymous letter found by a nursing student in a NCLEX book offered advice, encouragement and a coffee gift card to help with studying. Read the inspiring letter here:
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