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I was thinking this morning (somewhat of an accomplishment in itself). I'm closing in on my 55th birthday and have been in health care since I was 18 years old. In 1969, I was a Navy Corpsman (medic) with the Marines in Vietnam... Read More


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    Why do I do what I do? Before I became a nurse, when my own daughter was terminally ill, I was so intrigued by those who helped make her life on this earth so much more pleasant. Those men and woman are the original reason I became a nurse, but now that I am one, practicing in a pediatric hospital, I finally have found a spot in my life that fits as well as my own skin! From every little toddler vomiting on my shoes, to the 650gram babies in the NICU that steal my heart, to the teenager with CF who isn't just a moody kid, but a really sick moody kid, they all are the new reason I am a nurse. I drive over a hour one way to work, and most nights I run my butt off while I am there, and it is the absolute most wonderful thing in the world! These kids are why I do it, and they are worth every minute!
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    I was thinking this morning (somewhat of an accomplishment in itself).
    I'm closing in on my 55th birthday and have been in health care since I was 18 years old. In 1969, I was a Navy Corpsman (medic) with the Marines in Vietnam (try starting IV's while you're being shot at!). After service, I was an EMT then a paramedic. Then came nursing. I almost quit the profession until I became involved in pediatrics. My entire life changed.

    Now as a pediatric home infusion RN, I absolutely love what I'm doing. The hours are horrible. Fighting traffic gives me headaches (and increases my vocabulary somewhat). And I rarely have an entire weekend off. But I wouldn't do anything else.

    WHY AM I DOIN THIS (I ask myself)? The answer is simple.. The kids. I have been the grandfather of hundreds of kids. Parents of kids I saw years ago still send me Christmas cards. When I've had bad days and wanted to say bye to it all, I've walked into the office to a bouquet of thank you flowers. That's why I keep going. WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO?


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