I am a firefighter’s daughter. I learned values like public safety and helping my community at a very young age. I became an emergency medical technician (EMT) at the age of 18, and I loved it. The first time I stepped into a hospital to work, I felt like I was a part of something big. I felt like I had finally found what I was meant to do: be there for people in their time of need. Also, I am an adrenaline junky!

I am truly happy when I can sit with patients and hold their hand and help them find comfort when their family or friends can’t be there. I have mostly worked in Florida during my nursing career, caring for a lot of elderly patients who do not have family in the area. The times I feel proudest of what...

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