In grade school, the mother of a good friend of mine was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I remember visiting her and hearing about how amazing the nurses were that took care of her. She beat cancer, but later, while I was in nursing school, she was in a horrible car accident. Seeing what the intensive care unit (ICU) nurses did for her was truly amazing. I thought, “I want to be that nurse who could change the lives of pediatric trauma patients.”

The unit can start off with 7 patients, and by the end of the day we can have 20. The trauma pager can go off with 2 kids to come, and all I have to do is make a phone call and my ICU family pulls together. Even if I’m completely slammed with an extremely busy assignment, I know my colleagues...

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