As far back as my mid-teenage years I knew I wanted to be in a profession where I could make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people every day. I grew up wanting to be a teacher, as I was inspired by many of my amazing teachers while I was in school. I admired their patience and their ability shed light on things that were difficult to understand. I enjoyed working with children very much and was working in a daycare when I finally realized that nursing was my calling. I realized that nursing would encompass my desire to help others, my passion to teach others, and my love for children. My first job out of nursing school was in a pediatric nursing home.
As a nurse I have taken care of many people in difficult situations. I have seen many elderly clients struggle in many areas when it comes time to move into long term care or assisted living. It is extremely difficult for them to give up their independence and privacy, let alone leave the home that they have worked their entire life to build, raise their children in, and enjoy. Often times when this happens, there is a big decline in mental and physical health. I truly believe that clients can be at their optimum level of functioning when in the comforts of home, whenever possible. It is extremely rewarding to work with clients and families to ensure that we are keeping them in the comfort of their home for as long as possible.
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