"I love being able to calm one's fears. I love being able to help make someone feel better during a stressful time in their life. I love being able to make a difference."
"My grandmother lived with us when I was a little girl. At the end of her life, she was bedridden and needed a lot of care. I would stay in her room to keep her company and help her with whatever she needed. In addition to the care I would give her, I sang and danced for her. I can still remember her telling me "promise me that you will become a nurse when you grow up so that you can give others the loving care that you've given me." I promised her that I would. I kept my promise."
I take care of post operative patients.
What a typical work shift is like for me
We see patients with complicated medical histories to make sure they are healthy enough for surgery. I work with a Nurse Practitioner from the Anesthesia team. I evaluate patients, speak with family doctors, draw blood and make sure we have everything necessary for the patient to have a safe surgical experience.
Although at times it is impossible to leave your work at work, it's important to be able to do so. I have gained a greater appreciation of the smaller things in life. I've learned to value my health and realize the importance of balance in my life.