I lost a very close friend to burn injuries in 2006. The nurse who cared for him inspired me to want to help families in their worst times. That summer I was accepted to the nursing program and began my journey to becoming a nurse.

Knowing that I truly make a difference in people’s lives makes me happy. The most exciting part of being a critical care nurse is the adrenaline rush in critical situations. The critical thinking and smooth working of a medical team in action are so impressive.

As a flight nurse in New York, I once accompanied a patient who was burned on more than 60% of his body. Because I didn’t know if he would survive, I made sure his family could spend time at his bedside before we flew him to another hospital. I knew what it felt like to have a loved one with...

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