Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Nurses Week!

Happy Nurses Week to all my fellow nurses!

I wasn't one of those people who always wanted to be a nurse.  I sort of got into it by accident, literally.  In November 2005, I was in a car accident and although I only broke my arm I had to stay in the hospital for about a week.  That week, my life trajectory changed.  That path took me to New York City where I have stayed for the past five years.

These past five years I have studied and crammed and had sleepless nights because of school.  When I started working it didn't really get that much better.  More sleepless nights, minor panic attacks...basically living the stress-laden dream that is nursing.  Then to top it off, I went back to school to finish my Master's degree so on top of work-induced stress and panic, I added on school-induced stress and more sleepless nights.  Was I crazy to do so?  Maybe, maybe not.  At the end of this journey, I am a stronger person.  Slightly more crazy and still a little bit immature but definitely stronger and more confident.

In this journey, I made some really great friends.  Friends that understand what it's like to be a nurse.  Friends that understand the demands of the job.  Friends that have the same crazy schedule.  Friends that I hope to have for a lifetime....even after I move back to California.

Again, happy nurses week!  Tell a nurse "thanks!" next time you see them.