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I Didn't Always Want to Be a Nurse

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I didn't always want to be a nurse.

I always liked the medical field but didn't know what I wanted to do in it. I knew I didn't want to become a physician.

It was my mother who wanted to be a nurse. But in her day, a wife did not work outside the home. Still, Mom suggested nursing to me, and as usual, she was right.

I entered a baccalaureate degree nursing program and fell in love with the profession. It was the best of both worlds. The scientific aspect to challenge my brain, and the humanistic aspect to fill my yearning to help others on a personal level.

To be able to make a true difference in the lives of others on a daily basis is such a magnificent gift.  I get the opportunity to help the entire patient: Body, Mind and Spirit. how fulfilling!

Being a nurse fills me with pride and a feeling of true accomplishment. It affords me the opportunity to do what I love on a daily basis, which is to reach out to others.

Nursing is a true blessing in my life - one I can share with the patients I serve.

Donna M. Carroll is part of the nursing team at The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic, The Villages, FL.

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