I wanted to acquire the skills necessary to reduce pain and suffering, help restore function, and provide lifesaving interventions to patients in their time of greatest need. My calling to serve the underprivileged through work and medical volunteerism has been enhanced by my ability to provide the vigilant care that patients require during critical illness and traumatic injuries. One day I hope to use my education and experience to give back by mentoring and teaching the next generation of nurses.

I enjoy the endless learning opportunities in my unit. Many of my patients require complex care, and providing this care is so satisfying, both because of my level of autonomy and confidence and because of the high degree of attention to detail and critical thinking.

In 2011 I volunteered at the Bernard Mevs critical care hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Caring for the disaster-stricken...

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