I want to help people reach their optimum level of functioning. Respect, compassion, dedication to work, and love for God have been my cornerstones as a nurse. Being a nurse has fulfilled the American dream for me and my family after years of struggle and hardship.

Seeing patients recover slowly but surely and knowing I was part of that recovery gives me a sense of joy. Also, it is meaningful when patients die with dignity and peace, with their families supporting them. The warm camaraderie, unity, and support I enjoy with my coworkers mean much to me as well. All in all, being a critical care nurse is a blessing because I am able to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes I want in my daily life.

A few years ago I was on an American Airlines flight when the crew announced that they needed a doctor or nurse because...

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