I have always liked being around people and helping others. At first I wanted to be a physician and in high school I took health careers, but I realized that being a nurse would allow me to care for patients in a much more rewarding way.

I feel fortunate to be able to help patients in crisis. I have the resources I need to take care of my patients and I’m part of a great ICU team. Knowing we can care for our patients in the best way possible makes me feel happy and confident.

I took on a new patient with acute liver failure. She was hypotensive, had difficulty breathing, and had mental status changes—she required the “works.” I had another patient at the same time but not once did I have to worry about not caring for my patients properly. My...

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