The Soulful Artist

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Day 12 of 28 Days of Love!

Still playing catch-up! Bear with me!

The Angel Of Mercy has long been associated with Nurses for their caring, compassion, kindness, how they give hope to others, and help with healing amongst other things.

I’ve been a nurse since I was 21 years old … for more than half my life, and as much as I love Angels and the description of the Angel Of Mercy, I don’t really see myself as an “Angel.” I’m just me, being ME, you know?

Fun fact: I’ve known that I wanted to be a nurse since I was 8 years old. Here’s the kicker … My mother didn’t want me to be one. She told me, “I am not paying for you to go college so that you can learn how to wipe an ass!” I played her game by taking every class and elective that I needed along with my business classes so that when I was done, I could just go straight into nursing school. It was challenging but I did it. Not only do I have a B.S. In Business & Accounting, but I have a degree in Nursing also.

I love being a nurse! I’ve worked on various floors (Med/Surg,Tele, ICU), I’ve worked in a surgery center as a Pre-Op/PACU nurse. I’ve worked in a skilled nursing facility (SNF), and home health. In 1999 I was recruited by Michael Quitasol to come work in the ER. Even though I was hesitant, he promised me that he would teach me everything I needed to know. He didn’t disappoint. MQ, as you know from my Day 1 post, was my boss, mentor, and eventually became one of THE BEST friends I’ve ever had. He was instrumental in my nursing career.

To this day I still love nursing. As crazy and as challenging as it’s been over the last year with COVID19, I can honestly say I still wouldn’t do anything else. I love what I do. I love who I work with. I even like the people I’ve met and cared for. It’s been an amazing career in which I’ve seen much, done a lot, and have experienced so many things. I’m thankful for ALL of it. Every shit I’ve worked, every patient I’ve cared for, every co-worker who has walked the journey with me. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I know that I’m in the right profession because I love and enjoy it that much!

My love shoutout goes out to all the Nurses! I love what I do and I hope you do also!

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