"How Nursing Taught Me About Perspective and Gratitude"
By Dean Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP
During my first year working at Golisano Children’s Hospital, I had the privilege of caring for a 12-year-old girl, Amanda,* who had a brain tumor. She had a very caring mom and dad and a younger brother, 6-year-old David, who had some developmental challenges.
It was apparent that the family was not financially wealthy but provided very well for their children — especially in the area of love and support.
During her first year of treatment, Amanda was doing OK, but then, her health started to decline. It was during this time that Amanda’s mom told us that she was pregnant. Amanda could not have been happier.
*Names have been changed to protect the individuals' anonymity.
“Nursing is More Than Just a Career”
By David Bynum, RN, '15N
Four years ago, I was at a crossroads. I had just gone through a divorce and been laid off from work, and I wasn’t sure what was next.
Then, I was involved in a serious car accident and was rushed to the hospital. After a series of tests, the doctors told me that in addition to my injuries from the accident, I had kidney cancer. I wasn’t experiencing any symptoms, so I was lucky that it was caught early. I remember my doctors told me the car accident wasn’t a “blessing in disguise” — it was simply a blessing.
"Coming Full Circle"
By Jacqueline Nasso, DNP, MS, CNM
My most memorable nursing moment was when I was teaching a group of undergraduate clinical students at Highland Hospital. We were caring for a young woman, who was about 17 or 18 years old, who had had a baby.
After we left the room, the grandmother of the new baby followed me out and told me, “I think you delivered my daughter.” She was right. Later that week, the grandmother brought in photos of me holding the new mother as a baby.