Once a nurse, always a nurse

Have you ever heard someone say “I used to be a nurse” when asked what they do? Me neither! In fact, when someone asks me what I do, the first thing I say is “I am a nurse.” This is usually followed by questions about where I work, what type of patients I care for, and the like. If the person I’m talking with is truly interested, I’ll explain my background in critical care, my role as a nurse practitioner in women’s health, and now my career in the world of publishing. I am proud of what I’ve done in the past and what I do now, but the biggest sense of pride comes with being able to say “I’m a nurse.”

A recent conversation with my mom went something like this: 

Mom: “Have you heard from your cousin?”

Me: “Yes, he’s been great.” I then went on to fill her in on recent events in his life, as well as what his family and friends have been up to.

Mom: “Wow, why is it that everyone calls you with their latest news?” She then answered her own question with “I think it’s because you are a nurse.” 

That warmed my heart! You can probably relate similar stories, especially when it comes to others, sometimes complete strangers, sharing their healthcare stories and questions.

Nurses – we truly are a special group!

Posted: 7/31/2011 12:14:09 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 5 comments

August 26. 2011 03:26
I am so grateful to almighty God,because poverty to me is not the hindrance to fulfilled my ambition to become a Nurse,I am RN from Philippines since May 14,1982...since then I'm working as staff nurse,in different areas,year 1987 I worked in K.S.A. about 3years in Riyadh,4years in Medina,10years in Buraida Gassim ,March 2007 is the date where my job was change,because I came here in Canada... And I am working as live in nanny. Still applying my profession as a dedicated nurse,in a new environment...where in there is no college around me.God bless all the Nurses.
10/13/2015 12:17:14 PM

August 8. 2011 08:49
I too am a diploma grad. I retired after 40 years of nursing patients at work and also at home. I really was forced out because of poor health; I took care of everyone but myself. My own fault. Younger nurses take heed. I really enjoyed nursing and I had planned to work until I was 70 but that did not work out. My husband takes care of me now.
10/13/2015 12:16:53 PM

Kathy Marshall
August 6. 2011 03:16
I thought about giving up nursing to do something else at least for a little while, but after 34 years I don't know how to be anything else! I love being a nurse, I guess it is the job I am in that I don't like. I will always be a nurse.
10/13/2015 12:16:33 PM

2011 18:27
August 11, 2011: Nursing has been great to me. It is a wonderful profession and offers so many opportunities to young men and woman. I am lucky enough to be retired after 30 years in many areas of the profession. BUT I maintain an active license and must agree that I am always a nurse. I recently moved from CA to a very small MO town. I went to work at Walmart. I did not fit in! Now that has never happened! I spoke with my Department Manager, who was giving me excellent performance reviews on my work. She told me that I the reason I felt that I didn't fit in was my work ethic. Then I realized that my work ethic would always be that of a nurse whether at the bedside or behind the cash register!!
10/13/2015 12:16:08 PM

Julie R
July 15. 2011 02:05
What an awesome text! I share the proud I feel for being a nurse! It's so kind of a blessing! @ItaloLeite July 17. 2011 12:40
Having been a registered nurse since 1974, I think I will always consider myself such. I cannot conceive any circumstance that would cause me to say I "used to be" a registered nurse. I am one of the OLD diploma grads that hung in there and I'm proud as an RN AND a diploma grad.
10/13/2015 12:15:52 PM