Why I'm a RN at Spectrum Health ED
Why I became a RN:
I was 17, coming back from senior spring break in high school and I became deathly ill. My kidneys were failing and my parents refused for me to have blood transfusions. I had an amazing RN, Patty, who was so caring; asking me the question everyday: what are your goals for today? I swear she gave me the energy and hope that I was going to make it out of the hospital on time for high school graduation. I told myself after being discharged from the hospital that I wanted to have a job that instilled that kind of hope and comfort in someone else's life. I felt it was the least I could do.
What makes me so passionate:
I can't stress enough that without teamwork we are useless. I love working in the ED, especially because you work with those who understand this concept of teamwork, even during the most stressful times. I love watching new nurses/nurse techs and physicians grow and seeing wise nurses/techs/physicians leaving imprints on our lives, which also molds you as a human being. I love that nursing is so versatile. It's amazing how personal we have to be with a complete stranger to save their life. I love working with my team in the ED in this type of environment. Nursing isn't just about taking people to the bathroom and checking their blood pressure. It's like the referee just blew the whistle and your opponent starts with the ball in their court and it's up to you and your team to defeat them.
Why am I so passionate: The adrenaline rush.