The following post was written by Robin McAlpin RN, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Nurse II, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Robin shares a rewarding moment during her career that describes why she chose nursing, as well as why she continues to remain in the profession.
My love for science and caring
I have always been interested in science and drawn to those in need. I remember playing scientist, but I also remember that I was the first to care for my siblings, parents and grandmother when they were injured or ill.
So, I simply combined science with the art of caring and nursing is my profession! Why do I continue in nursing? The reasons I initially chose nursing are still prominent, but through the struggles, the rewards are many. Among which are the limitless opportunities for personal and educational growth.
Most rewarding moments
However, the most rewarding moments occur when you know you have impacted lives. For instance, when you have given your best to precept and then watch your oriented nurse become your peer and call you her mentor.
Or, when a father returns to the unit with his son, who just a few short months ago was clinging to life after a severe head injury, but is now walking and talking.
The father says to you with a huge smile, “I remember you! I remember your smile, your compassion, encouragement, persistence and unwillingness to give up on my son.”
Then, when the son gives you a huge hug and says, “I don’t remember you, but thank you.”
All this and more that words can never describe is why I choose to remain in the profession of nursing!