Special People Become Nurses

In our culture today, nursing is a profession that many aspire to go into because a career in nursing has the reputation to offer many perks. Some of those widely accepted perks include: job stability, lucrative earnings, and the colossal opportunities to impact the lives of others. Yet many that attempt to enter this profession don’t always make it through the intense demands of nursing school, or find that a career in nursing doesn’t turn out to be the best fit for them. For those that do become a nurse, it seems to be their life-long passion; a self-less act of a desire to help others regardless of the “perks” that come along with the profession.

In fact, when we think about self-less nurses, famous historical nurses come to mind, such as Florence Nightingale, who rejected a marriage proposal to travel to other countries to serve others in what she considered was her “God-given” calling to be a nurse, or Clara Barton, who began her career at age eleven by tending to family members and later moved on to found the Red Cross. Their commonality was their passion for caring for others long before nursing was a prominent profession.

The profession of nursing has come a long way since the days of Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton. Modern day nurses have to complete vigorous training to prepare them for their professions and are expected to stay abreast on the advancements in medical technologies throughout their careers. It is hard to find a measurable way to repay a group of individuals that dedicated their lives to helping others. As a society, we do our best to recognize nurses with National Nursing Weeks, awards, and banquets, but is really is impossible to pay full tribute to those that complete the grueling tasks of caring for us around the clock, “24/7-365”, at our best and at our very worst.

In honor of National Nursing Week 2016, some of the nurses at Willowbrook nurses were asked to tell about their passions for being a nurse. The following is a compilation of very touching reasons as to why our very own nurses “do what they do”:

  • Kay Kibler, RN, CDP (30 years as Nurse) – Favorite part of being a nurse: “Making people feel better”.
  • Jackie Witges, RN, CDP (35 years as a Nurse)- “The closest I feel to God is holding the hand of a dying person or looking into the eyes of a newborn baby…I love figuring out what is wrong and what can be done to improve the quality of life. I love working with amazing people too.”
  • Drew Kirkley, RN, BSN (10 years as a Nurse)- “One day I'm a shoulder to cry on. The next, I'm working with families and patients on medication regimens. I am able to dramatically affect lives, no matter how long they have left, through my knowledge I've obtained as a nurse.
  • Laurie F., LPN (35 years as a Nurse)-“ I love the challenge of finding out what is wrong with someone and getting them the appropriate care they need. I love challenging experiences.”
  • Christine C., LPN (4 years as a Nurse)-“The most rewarding experience is seeing the beginning and end of existence.”
  • Morgan B., LPN (9 years as a Nurse)-“Most rewarding experience is every day when I get to share in the happy moments with my residents and their families. Laughing with them and taking each day, one moment at a time.
  • Kelly L., LPN (4 years as a Nurse)-“I love helping others and making them feel better. I love meeting new people and forming a bond with them much beyond friendship.”
  • Niccole B., LPN (5 years as a Nurse) - “The most rewarding experience I have had is when a resident feels unsafe, but when they see me, they immediately feel content because they know I will take of everything. I love my job and my residents”.
  • Karen B., LPN, (12 years as a Nurse) - “The best thing about being a nurse is the enjoyment I get when a patient thanks me for caring for them. Seeing their gratitude makes is rewarding.”
  • Angie F., LPN, (Less than a year as a Nurse) - “The most rewarding experience is being an advocate for the residents”.
  • Jeanna W. LPN, LMT (14 years as Nurse) - “Nursing has had a profound impact on my life. It has been stability to support my family. Becoming a nurse was a response from a Christian resident when he encourage me by saying that nursing was an avocation, a calling…”

On behalf of everyone at Willowbrook, I want to extend a special thank you to all of our wonderful nurses. They impact the lives of our beloved residents and families by providing exceptional care and also manage to teach and inspire their team members to be outstanding care givers. Thank you Nurses!

“Save one life you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse.” ~Anonymous