The Indescribable Feeling of Impacting Someone Else's Life

nurse1.jpgNational Nurses Week is from May 6-12, 2018. The week features a host of events across the U.S. to honor nurses for the work they do and educate the public about nurses’ role in health care.

Today Jamie shares her testimonial as a nurse.

It’s a strange feeling when people ask why I became a nurse. That question has come up countless times over the years — during every semester of nursing school, job interviews and dinner parties. The truth is I can’t pinpoint the exact reason I decided to become a nurse. I do, however, remember the exact moment I knew that I had made the right decision.

I had been a nurse for about a year, when I encountered a woman on a hospital elevator on my way to work. She turned to me and said, “You took care of my son the last time we were here. Thank you for being so great with him; it meant so much to my family.”

I was taken aback.

I worked in the emergency room at the time and had taken care of hundreds of children over that year. I didn’t recognize the woman, but clearly, she remembered me. It was in that instant I realized the work I was doing was making an impact in someone else’s life. It was an indescribable feeling.

I try to carry that feeling with me every day, as a reminder of the importance of my work. I have been fortunate to spend the last twelve years of my career, working alongside incredible people—nurses who inspired me to do better and work harder. Nursing has been mentally, physically and emotionally tougher than I could have ever imagined and equally as rewarding.

I transitioned into a quality improvement role over the last few years. Today, I am part of a team that is leading a national effort to improve outcomes for pediatric sepsis patients. While I don’t bump into parents in the elevator anymore, I know we’re making an impact on children’s and families’ lives across the country every day. As a nurse, what more could you ask for?

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