My mother was a psychiatric nurse for more than 20 years. She brought me to work with her, and I saw how she interacted with the patients and how much they respected her. I graduated high school and became a certified nursing assistant to test the waters, and I never looked back. I got into nursing school immediately and paid for it with my nursing assistant wage.

I adore new minds so I love precepting and working with new nurses. I work part time at the local community college as a senior practicum clinical instructor along with being in the trauma/neuro/medical intensive care unit (ICU). I enjoy the families that I meet on a daily basis. Families are at their lowest points when they come into the ICU, but they still say thank you and give me hugs.

I cared for an unfortunate young woman in her 20s who came...

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