I may change your mind about your role as a nurse. Because my journey in nursing has been so rich, including working as a helicopter transport nurse, high-risk neonatal nurse, maternal-child nurse and nurse-midwife, you can see that nursing takes you to a lot of different places.
It's a great profession because there is so much you can do. We're on the brink of a revolution in nursing. Nurses are at the table now with healthcare reform. We have the opportunity of a lifetime to make the changes in how healthcare is provided to our patients. We can step up to the plate and do great things. I want you to be inspired to do that.
I see you through the learning process where you evolve from a student to a student nurse to a nurse. It's great to see you grow and mature.
I learn so much from teaching. I can't give the same lecture every semester since nursing information changes all the time. I constantly have to review all the drugs and diseases to see what's new. And because of the Internet, you are very savvy, and often, you give me places to look for information. So you will teach me a lot.
That as a nursing midwife in private practice, I attended the birth of 600 babies.
Also, I used to weigh over 300 pounds, and several years ago I lost 130 pounds. Since I was inspired to take my health in hand, I have run in the Detroit Free Press Marathon twice. Maybe you can inspire someone to become healthier.