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The Nursing Journey

In honor of National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12), NurseWeek invited nurses at Arizona hospitals to participate in “The Nursing Journey,” a collection of essays depicting their experiences in the field. Here are their responses:

I’m now a med/surg intensive care nurse educator, and I love my chosen profession.

Pass It On!

I’m 4 years old – taking my sister’s temperature with a Popsicle stick, and listening to her heartbeat with a stethoscope made from braided yarn and a wooden spool. I’m wearing a white nursing cap with red trim made out of construction paper. I didn’t know then that this simple act of play would one day become my passion and my profession. Nursing has been a passion in my family for generations. Although my grandmother was not formally trained in nursing, she worked as a nursing assistant at a local nursing home and would often tell my father that if she could have gone to school it would have been for nursing. My grandmother continued her passion for nursing by raising a future nurse, my aunt, who worked for thirty-some years as an oncology nurse while raising a family. My aunt continued the family tradition-raising a daughter who became an ICU nurse. I tried pre-med for a short time in college but my family tradition for nursing won out. I’m now a med/surg intensive care nurse educator, and I love my chosen profession. It’s my turn to pass on the passion for nursing not only to my children some day but to the many new grads, seasoned nurses, and student nurses whom I have the privilege to teach on a regular basis.

— Denielle Headley RN, BSN, CCRN
Med/Surg ICU Educator
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Up Close and Personal

There truly is no better feeling than to be thanked by a patient or a family member for the care that you provided during their stay in the hospital. Comforting patients is why I entered the field of nursing. When I worked as an oncology nurse, I cared for a newly diagnosed leukemia patient. She underwent induction chemotherapy and ultimately went into remission. She came back six months later to thank me and take my picture. She expressed her gratitude for all that I did for her while she was on the unit. This experience reminded me of the impact nursing care has on a patient. I knew then I was in the right profession. My knowledge and commitment to exceptional patient care lends itself to providing leadership that is nurturing, meeting both patient and employees’ needs. Patient care serves as my motivation and passion in leading other nurses in the endeavor to provide the utmost in quality-driven, compassionate nursing care.

— Steve Aston, RN
Director of Medical/Surgical Units
Maryvale Hospital
Phoenix

Nurses Help Save Lives, Too

This year my first born son celebrates his 21st birthday, and I owe it all to a labor and delivery nurse named Kim. My wife had been in labor for 10 hours and was getting close to delivery. Our nurse, Kim, had just come on duty. She introduced herself and checked on my wife. She then excused herself and came back with the doctor. Within minutes, they rushed my wife into the OR for an emergency cesarean section. Kim had identified that my son was frank breach and would never present without surgical intervention. I realized then that a nurse could save lives and that I too could make a difference in a patient’s life. So like Kim, I became a nurse. I will always remember her and the life she saved-my son’s. I remain in nursing today because of the potential to grow in knowledge and help others. I love to make a difference-a difference that counts. Become a nurse and save a life.

— Arthur McDonald, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC, PCCN
Special Care Unit
Maryvale Hospital

Patients Last a Lifetime

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in life and forget what is important. It’s also easy to take things for granted. Every so often we are reminded of how fragile and temporary life really is. My reminder came the day I met Colleen. Actually, I was reminded each time I was fortunate enough to be the nurse providing the chemotherapy that she fondly called “life.” Colleen taught me what it meant to be a strong woman. One can hardly imagine waking every day to face the physical and mental pain of breast cancer, but she did this with a smile on her gentle face and gratitude for every day she was given. This patient touched my heart and gave me the gift of thankfulness for every single moment in my life. She may no longer walk this earth, but she will always live on in my heart.

— Amy Yarborough, RN, BSN, Clinical Nurse Manager
Medical/Post Surgical/Orthopedics
West Valley Hospital
Goodyear, Ariz.

What a Ride

I have been a nurse for 31 years. I chose nursing because of my love of science, technology, and making a difference in people’s lives-helping people feel better. I’m a registered nurse at Phoenix Baptist Hospital, working with patients, helping them see their own potential and achieving it. I try and maintain a balance between compassion and humor. Recently, I met an elderly man and his wife. He was dying of end stage CHF and was not in good spirits. It became my goal to get him to smile. I stopped by and said ‘hello’ to him every day. Before he died, he gave me a hug and with tears in his eyes, he thanked me for caring for him. That, to me, is what nursing is all about. I could not help him physically, but I was able to provide emotional support. As I look back on my career and talk with new nurses about this profession, I always say, “God has brought me here and I can see how he prepared me for each phase. In the end, it’s been a great ride!”

— Kathy Chapman, RN, Director
Progressive Care Unit
Phoenix Baptist Hospital

An Opportunity Like No Other

Looking back on my career, I realize that nursing has truly affected my life by giving me opportunities like no other profession. I earned my BSN in 1983 after working as a nursing assistant in a local hospital during my college years. After graduating, I worked in the Midwest for eight years specializing in Cardiovascular Intensive Care. I became a traveling nurse for the next nine years working on a variety of assignments ranging from three months to four years. My most memorable assignments were in upstate New York in the fall, Miami in the winter, and Washington DC and San Antonio in the springtime. During my years as a traveling nurse, I had the opportunity to work at Scottsdale Healthcare. The organization and people made such a positive impression that I decided to join the staff in 2001, as a full-time nurse. Since that time, I earned my master’s degree and a degree in graphic design/visual communication. The leadership and my colleagues at SHC have recognized my unique strengths. I use my talents to help with SHC’s Magnet journey by designing posters for local, national, and international nursing conferences.

— Jane Langley, MSN, RN, CCRN
Scottsdale Healthcare
Scottsdale, Ariz.

“A perfect fit,” I told him as I zipped it up and straightened out the sleeves, feeling the softness of the silk for the last time.

A Perfect Fit

It’s Christmas eve, 1999, and I’m working a 12-hour shift in the post anesthesia care unit. I’m recovering a 7-year-old boy, who suffered a broken femur in a motor vehicle accident. His father died at the scene and his mother, sister, and little brother were critically injured. The grief I felt for this patient acted like a veil for my own recent loss of Sky, my 25-year-old son. Tomorrow signifies the first Christmas without him. I sighed heavily and thought to myself, “There would always be something…the first birthday, Thanksgiving, or Mother’s Day without Sky.” I wanted to help this child in some way, so I took up a collection for the family and within two days had gathered a huge box of assorted children’s clothes. At the top of the box was a blue satin Cubs jacket with red striping on the sleeves, collar, and waist. This jacket, a gift to Sky from my parents, had been packed away for years. After the holidays, I brought the clothes to the McDonald House where my patient was recuperating with his aunt. I unfolded the silk jacket and held it up to his small chest. He smiled and his eyes lit up as he tried it on. “A perfect fit,” I told him as I zipped it up and straightened out the sleeves, feeling the softness of the silk for the last time.

— Terry Ratner, RN, MFA
Health Educator
Family Learning Center
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Acts of Kindness

A recent assignment consisted of caring for a young patient who had been in the hospital for four weeks. After taking time to get to know my patient, I knew she wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather she had missed over the last few weeks. The patient was scheduled to be transferred to a skilled nursing facility the following day, so I knew her condition was stable. I decided to surprise her and take her and her family outside to the Healing Garden where she could feel the warmth of the sun on her face. As we entered the garden, her eyes brightened and a smile appeared. Her family took photos of her to send to other family members. This not only improved the spirit of my patient, but also lifted the spirits of family members as well. You never realize the impact of a simple gesture until you actually do it.

— Brenda Ann Donovan, RN, BSN
Specialty Unit is 1AB Progressive Care Unit
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Entry-level Nursing

My job as the older sister was to keep my brother calm and entertained during his frequents bouts with asthma. After his epinephrine kicked in and his clogged airways relaxed, I’d read him books like Cherry Ames and Clara Barton. Other times we’d sit cross-legged on the floor playing games of gin rummy or battleship which helped him focus on other things besides his illness. At age 16, I had my own diagnosis-one of “short stature.” Our family doctor informed me that I had stopped growing and would not measure up to the mandatory 5’4” of a flight attendant-a career I had dreamed about for years. With my mother’s strong encouragement, I decided to become a nurse. As a new grad, I remember a young boy admitted to the ER with a pneumothorax. The surgeon ordered a stat chest tube while I set up suction, poured the water into the pleurovac, and placed the needed supplies on a stand. The patient, a wide-eyed frightened teenager was wheeled into the emergency department gasping for air. I comforted him with small talk as the surgeon injected lidocaine into his chest. Holding his hand, the boy groaned and edged his way to the end of the cart, but I spoke softly to him, just like I did with my younger brother so many times before. Before long, his sobs subsided. He smiled and thanked me for being there. I knew then that my nursing career began with my brother some ten years ago-a profession I’ve worked in for more than thirty years.

— Carolyn Lounsbury, LPN
Carl Hayden V.A. Medical Center
Phoenix, Arizona

The Path Well-Traveled

Each nurse has a journey to share. For me, it seemed a natural progression to follow in the footsteps of family members who worked in nursing for decades. One day I found myself working as a candy striper, then I progressed to the role of a student nursing assistant, nursing assistant, and finally after the nursing school struggle, I became a registered nurse. It has been a journey of growth, both personally and professionally and one that I am proud to have been a part of. Even on those tough days we all experience, I’m able to recall my favorite” patients, the ones with stories that stand out in my mind-the ones I connected to. I remember each thank you note I’ve received over the years and the phone calls to the unit thanking me for giving them excellent patient care. We impact so many patients throughout our careers, often not realizing how many until we’re able to slow down enough to think about a special moment. As professional nurses, we touch so many peoples’ lives and they touch ours. I have always said I have been blessed in my career, having the opportunity to have been there with patients when life begins and when life ends and the many experiences in between.

— Cheryl Roberts, RN, BSN, MA
Associate Chief/Nursing Service/Mental Health
Carl Hayden VA Hospital

Some Things Never Change

I returned to nursing in July of 2007 after being away from my profession for 12 years. A lot had changed; from better equipment to more effective medications, to computerized charting. Still, the fundamentals of nursing remained: Patients needed a hand to hold when they were frightened and a compassionate and caring heart to get them through the night. One particular patient comes to mind-an elderly man in acute respiratory distress. His wife kept wringing her hands as if they were wet and asking her husband how he felt. He looked up at her with glazed eyes filled with fear while the doctor quietly informed him that he needed to be on a ventilator. The patient reached for my hand and with a raspy and gasping voice asked, “What do you think?”

“You seem very tired,” I told him. “You need to give yourself a rest.” He nodded, unable to muster strength to speak. “I’ll be here” I said, squeezing his hand, “I’ll be here for you all night and back again tomorrow.”

— Deborah Beck, RN
Carl Hayden V.A. Hospital

Giving Back

Lizzie Davis, my grandmother, was born to former slaves in 1914 during the Jim Crow era, when states mandated “separate but equal” laws for African Americans. My grandmother was a headstrong and determined woman who became a sharecropper alongside my grandfather on a plantation near Tallulah, La. She bore five children on that plantation, including my father. My grandmother’s determination, strong will and faith in God, allowed her to overcome and make it through the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras. However, this same determination was not enough to triumph over diabetes. When I was eight years old, my grandmother’s eyesight failed and I took on the responsibility of caring for her-monitoring her blood sugar and giving her the proper amount of insulin. It was at this point in my life that I knew I wanted to become a registered nurse. My grandmother overcame huge hurdles in life-except her disease process. I believe it was her determination, strength, and courage which influenced my nursing career and gave me the ability to assist others with their respective illnesses.

— Christie L. Davis RN, BSN, MSHSA
RN Quality Coordinator
Perioperative Services and the Department of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic Arizona – Phoenix Campus

Life’s Lessons

As a young mother of two toddlers, returning to school while working full time was difficult, but so much easier than my first “official” patient, Ms. K. The patient, a friendly, upbeat, young mother, was admitted for a quick in and out procedure-a breast biopsy. The results confirmed advanced metastatic disease-a devastating diagnosis. Ms. K. and her family rallied to the cause, acting with optimism and courage. She smiled during her first chemotherapy infusion and called it “the red devil” as it slowly dripped into her vein. She turned to me and said, “It’s the chemo Pac-Men eating my cancer.” As her beautiful auburn hair fell out in clumps, morning care turned into watery eyes and tears — my own. Ms. K smiled and said, “I was ready to change my hairstyle anyway.” Over the next few months, she endured several hospitalizations for complications, but she remained positive. “It’s just a bump in the road to recovery,” she’d say with a gleam in her eye.” Ms. K., now changed in so many ways-a tiny lifeless body, labored breathing, cool bluish skin, and a lethargic demeanor. Was this really the same patient? She opened her eyes slowly and said, “It’s okay, it’s time.” Within five minutes she stopped breathing, as I desperately searched for a pulse. Her husband came into the room, hugged me, and said, “It’s OL. She’s gone to a better place.”

— Ginger M. Gebhardt, RN
Community Internal Medicine
IM Telephone Triage Team Lead
Gebhardt.GingerMayo.edu
Mayo Clinic Arizona

A Higher Calling

Working as an RN allows me to enjoy a career that is largely dictated by moral considerations. In my prior career as a business executive, financial considerations dictated everything from client to internal human resource decisions. Profits rather than people drive one’s work life in the “corporate world.” Being an RN allows me to focus on patients and their multifaceted holistic needs. The nursing profession allows us the luxury of working toward a higher moral imperative, or calling, than other career choices.

— David Wasserman
Staff RN, PACU
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Education That Lasts a Lifetime

I am a nurse educator at Mayo Clinic. I chose the path of education for a very simple reason, so beautifully articulated by Henry Adams, who said, “A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops.” There is such great power and satisfaction in sharing all that I have learned with our nurses, with our nursing students, and with high school students who are curious about our wonderful profession. I meet our patients’ needs best by being a part of the process that builds competence and confidence in the nurses who care for them.

— Rita Jury, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Director Clinical and Patient Education
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Grace Under Fire

I’m not convinced that I chose nursing as much as nursing chose me. Would I be up to the task at the end of my journey through structured academia? As a new grad at Mayo Clinic Hospital, I was in awe of the nurses around me who seemed to do their jobs with grace and genuine compassion, even under immense stress. Could I do that? Some days the answer was a resounding “No way!” School was tough, but somewhat like going to an advanced yoga class after only reading books about it. The people around you have great faith in you, so they let you try your new “nurse wings.” You leave the nest and you are flying. Being entrusted with the most precious of things, you forget about yourself and your petty worries. You care for those in need — sometimes with ease and grace, sometimes not, but always with compassion. I am now a “real” nurse and I am honored to be trusted to care for people at their most vulnerable times. What a blessing it is to be a nurse.

— Kathy Gotsis, RN
Med/Surg
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Two Loves

I began my nursing career quite by accident. I was a recent high school graduate (1993) who needed a job, and a nearby nursing home was hiring nursing assistants and offering to pay for their training. I thought this opportunity would provide valuable experience even though my long-term goal was to receive a teaching degree. I soon became a CNA and worked with a variety of wonderful nurses and patients. One RN in particular, Dottie, told me that I would make a wonderful nurse if I ever chose that path. She said I could always switch over to teaching later in my career. My job as a CNA grew on me, as did the connection I had with my patients and their families. I soon decided to change my major and was accepted into the nursing program at Wright State University. During that time, I worked in the hospital as an ICU tech. I seemed to gravitate toward the intensive care units filled with challenging patients and devoted nurses — a place where I felt I made a difference. During my career, I’ve witnessed joys and sadness, but through it all I have enjoyed my job and hope to pass on what I have learned to others. Dottie would be proud to know that I am now adjunct faculty for the Banner Fellows Program. For a high school graduate who went shopping for a summer job before beginning college, I found my niche and was lucky enough to combine two loves — nursing and teaching.

— Angie Phillips RN, MSN, CCRN
Banner Faculty/ICU Nurse
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

One Nurse’s Perspective

One patient in particular comes to mind when I reflect on those for whom I have truly made a difference. Mr. R., diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, made even the simplest blood draw a challenge. He was slow to trust given his long-standing illness and prior experiences in psych where he was subjected to the worst types of care (the “old ways”). I worked with him daily, building a strong rapport, and soon came to be known by him as “the Queen of Hearts” (due to a scrub top I wore with multi-colored hearts). In a matter of days, I noted a change in Mr. R’s behavior-he began to pace while holding his hands on top of his head. At first, I assessed this as a way for him to “tune out” the voices, but eventually he let me know that something was wrong. He stated “My head…there is something there…it hurts.”

I alerted the attending psychiatrist who initially believed as I had that this was a coping mechanism for his internal stimuli, but just to be safe he ordered a STAT CT. That same shift, my patient had a seizure. The CT revealed an operable tumor which was causing the symptoms. We transferred him to another facility where Gamma Knife surgery was performed and within several days, Mr. R. returned to us with a great prognosis. So when people ask why I work in the behavioral health field, my response is simple: I am privileged to care for patients who can’t always tell me what’s wrong, but who always trust I’ll do the right thing and help them get well.

— Barbara King, RN
Clinical Trainer WT6
Behavioral Health
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

A Valued Life

As I walked to my car, after a difficult 12-hour shift, a woman I didn’t recognize approached me with a wide grin on her face. She placed her hand on my shoulder and said, “Five years ago I sought care at your hospital for anxiety and depression. At the time, my daughter prohibited me from babysitting and no longer trusted me with my own grandchildren.” She thanked me for believing in her before going on with her story. “With the help of the program you headed, I regained my confidence and became a nanny for an influential political family. The best part of this is the regained trust my family had in me. You made a difference in my life.” She thanked me for believing in her which in her words, “helped her to overcome depression.” In psychiatric nursing we often encounter people who are struggling with overwhelming life situations. One of the greatest gifts we can give our patients is a way to believe in themselves and find the value in their life-to make a life worth living.

— Dorothy Beeson-Caswell, RN
Behavioral Health
West Tower 6
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Giving Back

I attended military school in my teens. During my sophomore year, I chose to work at the base’s military hospital. In this small environment, I rotated to different departments in the hopes of learning a variety of skills. I learned to work in the lab-the old-fashion way with a microscope. I gave shots to babies, ran EKGs and assisted doctors performing pelvic exams. I ended up working in the emergency department, doing night duty on the airstrip. I was accepted as one of the regular staff by this group of hard working nurses and doctors. It was here, in a small hospital, I gained the experience of a lifetime. I continued to work there until I was 18 years old. The knowledge proved invaluable and I will forever cherish the gift I was given all those years ago. It decided the course of my life. I now work in the emergency room and return the favor to the young recruits coming up the ranks.

— Christine Barber, RN
Banner Good Sam ER

Comforts of Home

I have been a nurse for more than 20 years; many of those years spent at the bedside taking care of high-risk pregnant mothers. I remember one patient in particular, a young woman expecting quadruplets. I was chosen by her to be one of her primary nurses. I bonded with my patient and the family and although her daughter and husband lived in a different state, they continued to visit her monthly. I soon began bringing her meals from home (I love to cook) and laundering her clothes on my days off. I wanted to give her the comforts of family and home while her loved ones were away. Prior to delivery, she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and within weeks underwent an emergency C-section. My patient delivered four healthy babies, but suffered a postpartum hemorrhage following the delivery. I immediately drove to the hospital to be at her bedside, stroking her hair and giving her words of encouragement and hope. When she was transferred back to postpartum, I continued to care for her. I remember the first day I saw her when she returned to my unit. She looked at me and said, “I heard your voice, speaking softly while I was in the ICU-the voice of an angel.”

— Tamara Leal
SCM Postpartum
WIS Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

A Guided Recovery

The day I observed a craniotomy for a brain tumor was the hook that began my career in the operating room. I learned to operate the Image Guided System during a neurosurgical procedure called Deep Brain Stimulator, a cutting edge treatment for patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease. At a Parkinson’s seminar eight years ago, one of the speakers was a patient that we had operated on a year earlier. He shuffled on to the stage with extreme difficulty. As he reached for the microphone, his hands began to shake and his voice faltered. He then produced what appeared to be a remote control and pushed a button. His tremors completely disappeared and he walked fluidly and confidently across the stage. With a strong voice, he went on to tell the audience what a difference we had made in his life. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to speak to him after the seminar, I will never forget his face, how his eyes lit up and he gushed with excitement about his progress, nor will I ever forget how I felt when I saw the difference we made in his life.

— Laura Kennell RN, BSN, CNOR
Clinical Educator PeriOperative Services
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

My Path to Nursing

I was a teacher of fourth-graders before I became a nurse. During my third year of teaching, I decided to pursue a master’s degree. When I reflected on my career as a teacher, I came to one conclusion-I didn’t want to be a teacher for the rest of my life. My younger sister had just finished her first year of nursing and it was her stories about caring for patients and the rewards of her profession which made me think about a nursing career. The more I listened to her experiences, the more I wanted to join the ranks of nursing. While I completed my prerequisites for nursing, I worked as a volunteer in the ED at Banner Estrella Medical Center, where I spent every Saturday night for eight months. What a schedule-teaching kids during the day, taking night classes, and volunteering on the weekends. After eight months, I applied for a position as a patient financial representative in the emergency department. So now, instead of volunteering, I was teaching, taking classes at night, and working on the weekends. In the spring, I discovered Banner’s Fellows Program. I applied and was accepted. During the program, I completed my clinicals at Good Sam and became an extern. I graduated with honors March 12, and I’m now an Extern II — RN for night shift on 11AB. Once I realized my love for critical care, I knew where my journey was headed-to work at a hospital with a great team; a hospital where I could easily expand my knowledge base. And so begins the next phase of my journey at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

— Marisa Kisicki, RN
Extern II
11-AB MSICU
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Thinking Outside the Box

Last month, I admitted a patient from the ED with bilateral pulmonary effusion. During the days that followed, I built a strong relationship with the patient and her family. On the fifth night I knew something wasn’t right; her respiratory status declined drastically from the previous nights and she was having anxiety attacks due to breathing difficulties. I sat with her and calmed her with a form of imagery; finding her special place and helping her to visualize that place. This calmed the patient and allowed her to rest. During the next few hours, my patient experienced more anxiety attacks, but I was able to talk her through them with the same type of imagery. Working with the doctors we tried different ways to improve her respiratory status. Later that evening, she was transferred to an ICU floor. When I brought her to the unit, she gave me a big hug, started to cry and said, “I want to go back to your unit so you can care for me.” I stayed with the patient a little longer while she met her new nurse, wanting her to feel at ease with the transition. Since then, I’ve used touch therapy and meditation, along with guided imagery on many patients. By using innovative thinking, I’m able to go beyond the boundaries of my nursing practice and make a difference in the lives of my patients.

— Chandrika Bender, RN, BSN, PCCN
Progressive Care Unit
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

The Nurse and Mr. W

Oncology nurses form close lasting relationships with their patients and families. I’ve cared for Mr. W., a bone marrow patient, for the past two weeks. This is his second transplant and he is not doing well. I wanted to do something special for the patient and his dad.

Mr. W. and I both share a love for NASCAR motor racing. While providing his care one Sunday as he was watching the race, we began to talk and he shared with me his lifelong dream to attend a nighttime Bristol race in Tennessee. He and his dad had always wanted to go but never were able to get tickets. Being a NASCAR fan myself, I wanted to make his dream a reality. I’m from Charlotte and have numerous contacts in the racing industry. I talked with public relations in Bristol and told them all about the patient and his dream. They offered to help with two tickets, travel, and hotel and as an extra surprise he will get to meet his favorite driver, Kasey Kane.

— Sylvia Crews
12th Floor – Oncology/BMT
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Happy Nurses Week!

I grew up in a small town in northern New York State in the 1950s and 60s, an area of no racial or cultural diversity. Since the flower power movement had yet to make even a slight dent in my consciousness, I faced the choices for a career from a list of four – wife and mother, teacher, secretary, or nurse. I knew from an early age that to be a nurse was my only sensible choice and I left the farm country for the city to train for that ideal adventure.

I loved nursing and being identified as a nurse from the first moment I enrolled in nursing school. There have always been an abundance of career pathways for nurses-both then and now. A variety of jobs continue to be available for enthusiastic nursing graduates in all specialties. While we continue to struggle with identification and recognition within our own ranks, we each possess the distinct power to make a difference in the lives of every patient we touch and serve. What a great gift to give to all of humanity!

— Pat Gill, RN, MSN, CWON
Outpatient Wound Care Program
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

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