Leukemia Patient Returns to Hospital as a Nurse

Why did you become a nurse?

Reasons from around the web!



The big return with minimal investment. I came from a low income family and wasn’t sure how I was going to afford college. The hospital based diploma program I attended was free 100% in return for me, working at the hospital after graduation. Best investment ever

prnqday, BSN, RN

I love helping others and truly do feel that nursing is my calling. The pay isn’t too bad, however with all the crap I have to put up with sometimes the pay definitely isn’t on the top of the list to why I became a nurse. IMHO. When I chose nursing, at a very young age, I wasn’t aware of the schedule of flexibility. I must say the flexibility is a plus. I can work in so many different areas of nursing and feel as though I’d never be bored.


Nursing is not my calling!!! Trust me if I had the time to go back to school I would. The reason I went into nursing, I was in vet school and had to quit due to a family emergency. I had to come home and since there was no vet schools around and I had pretty much all of the curriculum for nursing school figure I would go so I can at least work and be making some kind of money. And I’m still here.

Palliative Care, DNP

Because I was wait listed for dental hygiene and didn’t want to wait a year.


Encouraged by my Dad who was a firefighter – he enjoyed helping others in a time of need and that characteristic rubbed off on me.

Wilena Blackwell, RN, MSN, CCTN

“I can remember being a little girl, about 7 or 8 years old. I was raised by my grandmother who was in her late 60s. As her health started to decline with diabetes and other problems, she had a home health nurse who came out and taught her how to administer insulin. I remember at the age of 8, I learned how to administer insulin, give pills and instill eye drops in my grandmother’s eyes. I was my grandmother’s caretaker. The home health nurse was a true inspiration to me. She always encouraged me to do my best in school and I, too, could become a nurse. I enjoyed the idea of helping and healing others. To this very day, I will never forget that nurse. She was caring and compassionate, and she played a big role in my decision to become a nurse and a mentor to other young girls – today, I tell them that they can become whatever they want if they put their minds to it.”

– Sarika M.

It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I have had my share of disappointments, but it is from my own experience I am able to draw the perfect pleasure of nursing. I was a psychiatric nurse and worked with youngsters who had issues with drugs and abandonment. I became very enlightened and gained abilities to intervene in many cases.In one case, as the young lady was leaving she said to me, “I’ll never forget you, what you said to me, as long as I live.” I guess that one instance made my life important to someone. I have since become a supervisor in a nursing home where I oversee 60 residents. I see to the comfort of my residents while they are alive, and I comfort their families when they pass. I feel my life matters! In a world where it seems money is the only measures that people look at, I am proud to know I matter and make a difference in someone’s life.

Jason Hautala RN

I joined nursing because of the excellent girl to guy ratio in nursing school. Who knew I would be in a classroom full of men hating women? Please elaborate on why you became a nurse. Thanks.


I got hooked on nursing in the military, I am a medic and was deployed to Kosovo in 00-01, after working in the ER in a combat support hospital I fell in love with the pace and the challenge of nursing, after that it just seemed like a logical fit to become a RN when I got home. Besides there is something about sticking medal and plastic into people that just does it for me

Bossy 1

… because I love to give injections and I look good in white!

Seriously, when I realized that I didn’t want to pursue biology, nursing was the only field that took all of my credits. After all, my parents money was terrible thing to waste!


Welding class was full.


I got lost on the way to the police academy.


I became a nurse because when I was 17 I had a horrible experience with a nurse practitioner. My piece of ^%$# ex boyfriend cheated on me with a bunch of girls and gave me HPV as well as a horrid UTI and yeast infection. The NP treated me like I was a dirty @#$% and after taking one look at my vagina said, “oof, yeah, that’s gotta hurt like hell, I gotta prescribe you someting”. All I can remember is her lack of compassion while I laid on the exam table, spread eagle in front of a stranger at 17 years old, alone, tears streaming down my face. I vowed that I would never treat someone like that ever and that I would take her job some day. I’ve been an RN For 3.5 years now and am a year away of getting my Master’s degree to become an NP. 🙂


I was a Graphic designer with intentions of going into art therapy. I was made redundant, so I did plan B.

Never regretted it for a second.


Seemed like a good idea at the time? (That time may have been after lots of tequila).


No idea. But I’m pretty damn good at it.

Gina Maslow, RN, MSN, APRN-BC

I became a nurse because it would give me a profession at the end of my training.  I was pretty clueless at the time.  Throughout my training I kept thinking “I don’t like this”.  After graduation I applied at Kaiser (the only place I wanted to work) and was hired by a labor and delivery department administrator because she like to train new grads!  It was the best thing that could have happened to me.  I learned so much and developed skills in phlebotomy, peri-operative, newborns, recovery, post-partum and pediatrics!  I have gone from an AA nurse to BSN, to MSN, to a post-grad nurse practitioner.

Whatever your reason for becoming a nurse, thank you!

Nurse Fills Patients Fridge With More Than Just Food.

Amanda Mary Perez a nurse care aid was doing a routine visit on a home care client. As she was helping this gentleman, he asked Amanda to clean out his fridge.  However, when she opened the fridge she soon discovered it was empty.

nurse finds fridge empty
Facebook – Amanda

Concerned, Amanda asked her client, “who buys the food?”

“I buy food when I have the money” he replied.

Like it would be for many of us, this moved Amanda to tears and made her take stock of her wants and needs.

“Someone once told me, it doesn’t matter what you have now because as a human you’ll always have the mindset that it’s not enough and you need or want more. Lately, I have been so upset because I wanted the materials in life. New Car, House, more clothes, and shoes, etc.” Amanda says on her Facebook.


Nurse Shops for patient
Facebook – Amanda

Realizing, “my needs are wants, and his wants are needs” Amanda drove to the store and used her income tax money to stock his fridge with food.

Nurse Full Fridge
Facebook – Amanda


We cross many paths on our journey as a nurse, and it is easy to fall into a sense callousness without seeing the warning signs. One day we are distraught at a patient’s situation, the next day indifferent.

How does this happen?

Our natural response to pain is guarding. If we touch a hot stove, we jerk our hand back. If we touch a painful situation, we step back and distance ourselves.

Now I want to make a point here. As Nurses, we MUST learn to disconnect from the situation from time to time. It does the gunshot victim no good for us to be in tears in the corner of the room while they are bleeding out.

I remember when my son was just learning to crawl and he took a bite out of a piece of bread. I didn’t realize he had it in his mouth when I laid him on his back and started to change his diaper. But as soon as I looked at his face I knew something was wrong. I immediately turn him over and swatted his back and out came a nice lump of dough.

At the time it was acting and react. But as soon as it was out, my heart sank into my stomach, and I started shaking. I began asking what no parent ever wants to imagine… What if it hadn’t come out or I hadn’t noticed?

The point is, you must have an emotional distance to perform your job. However, you also must care.  Many will disagree with me here. In fact I have had discussions with others about emotion in the workplace. Some think emotions only get in the way and have no place. I think emotions are what drives us to do better. I believe we must connect with our patients and empathize to provide the holistic care we are all called to.

One of the basic building blocks of ethics and ethical conduct toward others is empathy. Without empathy it is difficult for any of us to understand the needs and wants of others so that we may know how to treat them kindly and generously, or to practice any other virtue in our day-to-day relations with them. – Nursing World.org

So how do we find that spark?

Put yourself in your patient’s shoes.

None of us want to imagine losing a child, a spouse, a sibling, or a parent. But, take a minute and picture not being at your spouse’s side after 63 years of marriage. I tell you, I would be a miserable, grouchy, mean old man if that were me.

One of the basic building blocks of ethics and ethical conduct toward others is empathy. Without empathy it is difficult for any of us to understand the needs and wants of others so that we may know how to treat them kindly and generously, or to practice any other virtue in our day-to-day relations with them. – Nursing World.org

One of the deepest felt loss was when a patient I was caring for passed. This particular gentleman lost his wife his son and his sister within the past year and was mean on life. Seriously, this guy insulted with the best of them. I was called every name in the book by this guy. Everyone he met left fuming at the ears. But, I remember when he passed it hit me hard. I thought I can’t imagine the life he has led and all the loss he has had.

Spend time with your patient.

The most comprehensive feature of the nurses’ collective understanding of caring was their recognition and acknowledgment of the person behind the patient, i.e. person-centredness. – BioMed Central

When getting into management roles our face time with patients decrease. However, on the floor, we often become, so task-oriented we lose the personal connection. I think it is hugely impactful to take a minute to just to hold a patient’s hand, walk them down the hall, or even sit and have lunch with them. It is amazing what a few minutes of undirected time can provide. I understand we by no means can do it with every patient as our staff ratios are through the roof. But I challenge you in whatever field of nursing to take a minute just to spend time with a patient.

Attend a patient support group.

I think every nurse at some point in their career should attend a support group. There are many patient support groups out there. I was forced to lead one, one afternoon and it changed my career. The person who was supposed to be hosting it had an emergency, and I was called in to host. I had no idea what I was doing and spent most of the time just listening. I think that’s when what it means to be a nurse truly hit home. I listened to the patients and families as they went around the table talking about how scared they were, and alone they felt but how this nurse or that nurse helped them through it. I left that day knowing I was doing exactly what I should be doing.

It is easy in our careers to become cold and calloused. But strength doesn’t come from an emotional distance, strength comes from connecting and loving your patient. It comes from putting yourself in their shoes like Amanda did and spending time with your patient. So, a big thank you to Amanda for selflessly serving another and to the millions of nurses out there that go above and beyond out of love and sacrifice.

If you would like to check out the original article by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle, you can find it at The Little Things.

Please Comment below and share a time you have experienced a nurse going above and beyond.



Onboarding Guide for Nurse Leaders 5 steps to Success

When hiring, you are investing in a person. You spend time, money, and resources. In fact, according to Forbes.com, US companies spent an average of 72 billion dollars or $3,300 per hire. That’s a lot of money! Now factor in that many new hires don’t work out and you can see how hiring and retaining is one of, if not the, biggest factors of success. To build a strong house, you must have a stronger foundation. This all starts with the onboarding process.

 “Replacing talent runs as high as two times annual salary,” said Peterson. “And it’s not just about dollars. Culture and job satisfaction is hugely impacted, as well as morale, productivity, lost insider knowledge. It’s painful to lose people.” Ben Paterson CEO of BambooHR

5 Steps to Onboard Star Players

Before You Hire

Nurse Resume On-Boarding

Onboarding starts before you even hire the employee. It begins with the first contact with a potential candidate. Gone are the days of interviewing someone like an FBI interrogator where only the strongest survive. Instead, interviewing is about getting to know a person, their strengths, and weaknesses and deciding if they have the qualifications and personality for your company. Also carefully screening candidates and reading their resume before you even call them to come in respects their time and yours.

Set the tone

Nurse Interview, On-boarding
Copyright: petro / 123RF Stock Photo

I remember showing up to an interview right out of nursing school. I walked into the building where someone was sitting at a desk nearby, I walked over and stood patiently waiting for the person to look up as they were typing away on the keyboard. They just started to look up when the phone rang. I remember thinking ok they’re a little busy just be patient. Then as I was staring at the clock watching the time I was scheduled to interview slip away, she hung up the phone, and an employee walked by. She then proceeded to turn for a nice little chat with this employee who had a date this weekend with a girl he met last night at a club.

I had been standing there for some time and at this point was getting irritated thinking if this is any indication of how they treat their employees it’s not for me. I politely interrupted, “I am so sorry I just want to make sure I am in the right place, I am here to interview with _____.”

Now just to clarify, I did eventually get the job, but it did not work out. The too busy to acknowledge or work with people mentality was a theme throughout this company, and I ended up looking for employment elsewhere.

Compare this to a company I interviewed at where I walked in the door and was greeted with a smile and offered a cup a coffee while I waited for the manager to come get me. One left me questioning if this was right, even after getting the job. The other left me hoping they chose me so I could be a part of this dynamic team.

“About one-third of the new hires who had quit said they’d had barely any onboarding or none at all, and 15 percent of respondents noted that lack of an effective onboarding process contributed to their decision to quit.” Said Roy Mayor in his article Onboarding Key to Retaining, Engaging Talent

Keeping the tone

Nurse On-boarding, Training,

Setting the tone in the onboarding process begins with the interview, however, maintaining the tone is crucial.

“In today’s working world, employees want – and expect – more than just a brief introduction to the company they just joined, a few training sessions and a pay check. They want a personalized, interactive experience and a comprehensive understanding of the organization and how it can help grow them professionally. And, it does not take long for them to decide if they made the right choice.” First Impressions Count: Creating a Positive Onboarding Experience.

After a significant employee turnover rate within a 30-day period of time, I decided to do an exit interview with a candidate who left the company after only 2 weeks of employment. I was impressed with this candidate from day one and trying to find out why they left so soon. The candidate painted a pretty ugly picture for me. The interview was great, and they had been so excited to start. However, day one came, and no one remembered they were scheduled to start, they ended up walking around for almost 2 hours trying to find someone who would let them know what they were supposed to be doing. Ok mistakes happen they thought let’s give it an another chance. Day 2 they showed up and went to meet the person who was supposed to mentor them and found that person to be out sick. “Everyone looked at me like I had a disease, no one wanted to train me,” he said to me. This story went on and on, in fact, in the end, I questioned why he hadn’t left sooner.

Having a plan with contingencies is critical. It’s important to have the candidate feel like they are in the middle of a well thought out proven process designed solely for their success. These employees call off less and are much more stable because they see stability in the onboarding process.

Too much too soon

Overwhelmed on-boarding nurse

One of the biggest mistakes I see companies make in any industry is pushing new hires through the onboarding process too early. With staff shortages, and call offs, it’s tempting to grab the new hire and throw them on the floor to fill the spot. Not only is this dangerous in the medical field but it’s setting them up for failure. It is important to assess where they are and mold the process around them. Companies with a strict time limit for onboarding are not capturing the needs of their employees. Some of the greatest employees I have worked with took extra time in the onboarding process because they just weren’t ready to do it alone yet.

Create an Onboarding Experience

Nurse on-boarding eating alone

I remember my first day of high school. I didn’t know anyone. I walked onto campus with a map, books, and class list. Did I mention I didn’t know anyone? But you know what the one thing I dreaded from the time I woke up that fateful morning was? Lunch. You see, you can’t be too ambitious and sit with the popular kids but don’t want to jump into any group to early and get branded. At least until you get to know people. So instead you sit by yourself and hope no one notices you until you get the lay of the land.

What I didn’t know is that this dread followed me up through my career. Now I have grown much confident than the slightly nerdy kid I was back then. But it is always an uncomfortable social situation for me.

I then had an employer take control of this time. He took me to the cafeteria, showed me how to order, where to sit, and even sat with me during lunch. What an impression! I remember feeling very welcomed and relieved and built a great relationship from that day forward.

“It’s important for new hires to create meaningful connections with colleagues, management, and direct reports. Personally introduce new hires to the team during the first week (depending on the size of the team, you may want to spread this out over a few days). A team lunch is a great way for everyone to get to know each other on a personal and professional level.” The Staffing Stream.


Onboarding sets the pace for the rest of an employee’s career. Messing this up not only costs you time and money but potentially losing excellent candidates as well. One theory I have is that an excellent candidate is much less likely to stay in spite of a poor onboarding experience than a weak candidate. Those candidates that remain are often the ones who want to come to work scrape by and leave. While the people with higher standards move on to companies that meet their expectations.

To sum it up treat your candidates as people. Tailor your onboarding process to the individual and set the tone from day one.

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” Richard Branson


Nurse Interview and Resume Guide to Land Your Dream Job

With all the vast knowledge, available on interviewing I have pulled together a list of the top nurse interview guides, Some short and sweet some full length. You can be prepared for your next interview and land that dream job!


Facebook Group RNInterview Tools

My favorite group to date, “New Grad / Old Grad / Reentry Grad – The Struggle is Real!” RNInterview Tools is a great place to ask questions, read others comments and join a group of like-minded individuals sharing experiences and insights. I have been apart of this group for some time now and loved to read the questions and be part of the discussion.

Tips and How Too’s

11 Tips and Techniques for Your Nurse Interview

Great tips on timeliness presentation and attitude when going for that nurse job.

Five Tips for Nursing Job Interviews

Just need some last-minute tips? Check out nursing world’s top 5.

The Complete Guide to Successful Interviewing for nursing students and Alumni

If you really want to get indepth instruction on all things interview. Check out this resource from John Hopkins university. (there is a click here button to download the PDF)

Interview Questions

The Toughest Nursing Interview Questions And Answers That Will …

“When interviewing for a nursing position you want the interviewer to be blown away by your passion for your nursing career. Tackling these three interview questions will help your passion shine through and you will conquer the interview!”

How to Answer the most common Nursing Interview Questions

Guideline for how to answer those tough interview questions!

Types of Interviews

Ten tips for handling job interviews by phone – American Nurse Today

Handling interview by phone is tough. Check out American Nurse Today’s ten tips!

Ace the Interview: Behavioral Nurse – TheJobNetwork

Most companies have moved to behavior interview questions. Check out this guide.

10 Types of Interviews (and How to Ace Them) – The Muse

Companies vary in how they interview. This is an excellent guide to preparing for any kind of interview.

Understanding different types of job interviews, behavioral, second …

Another great article on various interviews this one not nursing specific.

Specialty Fields

Staff Nurse Interview Questions and Answers – Job-Interview-Site.com

Staff Nurse interview questions guide.

Operating Room Nurse Interview Questions – Resources – Workable

Operating Room nurse interviews

Interview Tips & Strategies for Travel Nurse Jobs at nursingjobs.com

Travel Nurse Tips and Tricks!

5 Key Flight Nurse Interview Tips | MyPerfectResume

Looking for an exciting career as a flight nurse? Check out the five interview tips from my perfect resume.

The Secret that Nurse Managers Look For In An Interview – nursecode …

Landing a nurse manager position isn’t for the faint of heart. Check out this guide on what interviers are looking for!

Baby Nurse Interview Tips: Common Questions | Pavillion Agency

Common questions for those looking to enter the world of peds.

Correctional Nurse Interview Prep Guide – Part I – Correctional Nurse …

Prep for that correctional nurse interview.

Addiction Nurse Interview Questions | MockQuestions

Here are some interview questions specific to the addiction nurse specialty.

7 Essential Interview Tips for Legal Nurse Consultants

Legal Nurse Consultants interview guide.

School Nurse – interview tips? | Mumsnet Discussion

A great resource on School Nurse interviews.


Nursing Resume Sample & Writing Guide | Resume Genius

I am a visual person so seeing samples is how I learn. Here is an excellent nurse resume sample.

Nurse Resume Sample | Monster.com

Another nurse resume sample.

Top 10 Details to Include on a Nursing Resume – RN Resume

Top 10 things that are a must on your resume.

Sample Nursing Student Resume – Baylor University

Again love seeing example of resumes to spark ideas.


What to Wear and Not Wear to a Nursing Interview – Verywell

Great article on what to wear and land that job.

Job Interviews: What To Wear – ADVANCE for Nurses – AdvanceWeb

Another great article on what to wear.

Before you dress for your next job interview, you’d better read this …

Not nursing specific but a great read for knowing your industry and dressing accordingly. “Employers in an interview setting do judge a book by its cover,” adds Zoller. “And many times, they’re not going to read the book if they don’t like the cover.”

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