Happy National Nurses Week! Read inspiring stories from the ur nursing community

In honor of National Nurses Week, members from the UR Nursing family shared their favorite stories from their careers — from what inspired them to pursue nursing to an experience with a patient that they'll never forget. Read their stories below.

"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.

"Why I Became a Nurse"

By Sarah Brown, RN, '12N

Adjidjatou is a 6-year-old from northern Benin in West Africa. She has lived most of her life with a tumor growing on the side of her left jaw and neck.

When she first arrived at Mercy Ships for her preoperative appointment she was immediately admitted and her scheduled surgery postponed because she was sick and severely malnourished. Her family doesn’t speak the language of most of our translators so everything we said to her had to be translated from English to French to her own language.

“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.

"It Is Better to Give Than to Receive"

By Yvonne Carmel Vincent, '47N

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, I was a sophomore student in high school. This plunged us into World II with all the rest of the world. My two brothers joined the service, one in the Marines, the other in the Army Air Corps to become a fighter pilot. He never came back. It was a time of sadness, deprivation and turmoil.

I had read about many of the nurses joining the Nurses Corps and going overseas to care for the wounded behind the lines and at the field hospitals. I felt I wanted to help any way I could. After graduating from high school, I decided to apply to nursing school.

"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.

"Nursing Found Me"

By Tanya May, RN, '16N

Honestly, I didn't choose nursing, but nursing found me. During my freshman year of college, I spent most of my time in hospice with my mother. Throughout this difficult time, I found comfort and support given to my mother by those nurses caring for her.

The nurses listened to her stories including her worries, her joys, and her memories. They would listen to how her talk about how I was doing in school and ask me about it each day I visited. They knew I would come each day after school and stay the night with my mother.

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