Student Voices: Nursing: A passion and a calling
Mary Walsh BSN

August 2011 
Volume 41  Number 8
Pages 17 - 17
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ALTHOUGH NURSING wasn't my first calling, I was always a caregiver. Known as the neighborhood vet by the time I was 6, my saint of a mother let me create a care clinic for sick and injured animals in my bedroom. When I grew up, I cared for animals in all kinds of roles, from groomer to zookeeper to veterinary technician.Many years later, my mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. In the last week of her life, I flew home to be by her bedside. This article tells how one of her nurses inspired me to choose this career path.When I was a family member in crisis, I knew nothing of the medical jargon I was hearing. I watched nurses hurry in and out of her room, stopping to tell my family and me about oxygen saturations and potassium levels and things that meant not one thing to us. Yet in the midst of all this, one nurse was to change the course of my world.My mother knew she was dying, but being a gregarious woman, she still wanted to get to know every medical person who crossed

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