8 heartwarming stories that will remind you why you got into nursing


Nurse-StoriesIt can seem like a thankless job at times. Then something comes along to remind you why you get up in the morning and do it in the first place.

Here are 8 inspiring stories about being a nurse that might just have such an effect on you:

  1. 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:


  1. 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:


  1. 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:


  1. 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:


  1. 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
  1. 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/
  1. 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
  1. 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:



Do you have any other inspiring nursing stories you’ve heard of or experienced firsthand? Tell us about it in the Comments area below.



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Tera Rowland
Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!