When I was 8 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The nurses who cared for her, and for me, left a lasting impression. I’ve chosen to give back to others like those nurses gave to me. I am happy to share that my mother has been cancer free for almost 20 years.

The best part of my job is knowing that I play a critical role in assisting patients in their recovery from lifesaving cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries. The care I provide improves their quality of life. It is exciting to see my patients progress through the perioperative period. I also find joy in precepting new nurses on my unit. My love of education allows me to guide novice and experienced nurses into the specialty area of critical care.

The care provided by the nurses on my unit every day...

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