This is an excellent essay (written from the heart):
Being a Nurse Is More Than a Job, It's a Treasure
To me, being a nurse is far more than a job or even a career. It's an adventure, a continuous learning process that I embark on bravely each day, in search of life changing events and miracles. Touching the lives of others is a treasure chest overflowing with metaphorical gold, whether the help I provide is of great measure or remains unnoticed. The pride I hold in saying, "I'm going to be a nurse," is immeasurable. Nursing is more than a profession of integrity and compassion, it is a privilege that measures out my values as a human being and the responsibilities granted to me with the precious gift of life.
The first time I truly touched a person's life, although the encounter was brief, was surprisingly fulfilling. A strong feeling of accomplishment and self-worth spread rapidly throughout my body and soul that no average "good deed" has ever accomplished. Nursing exceeds that average deed by far. After each experience, I'm left with an awestruck attitude of purpose, knowing that I am needed in someone's life. By saying, "I'm going to be a nurse" each morning, I get the motivation needed to survive the awaited day ahead of me with a smile....