I have 8 siblings and I looked up to my big sister, who was a star orthopedic nurse clinician. I worked as a patient care technician in college and loved the human side of nursing. I knew I couldn’t sit behind a desk; I had to be on the move.

I’m most happy after an exciting day. Caring for a crashing patient requires real-time integration of theory and skills. Prioritizing physician orders, tests, and procedures and translating those therapies to patients and their families make for both a tense and satisfying day. I strive to embrace any learning opportunity and to pass that knowledge to new nurses. I’m proud to precept many nurses in our unit.

Achieving certifications in critical care and cardiac surgery has been extraordinary to me. It gave me the confidence to embark on education projects in my hospital. Specifically,...

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