I am very excited to be embarking on this new adventure of writing a blog. So many thoughts are always floating around my head that I thought it would be nice to have a place to share them. I hope to engage and encourage other nurses along the journey. As I think about what to write for my first post so many different topics come to mind that it is hard to decide, so you will have to stay tuned for many more posts in the future. I guess the best place to start would be to let you get to know me and give you a snapshot of my story so far before we set out together navigating the seas of life, faith & nursing.
As far as my faith journey goes, I was raised going to a religious church that was focused on rules and traditions rather than the freeing grace of Jesus. In high school my family was going through a difficult time and I felt like I was losing hope. It was only when a friend invited me to youth group and later to an event called LifeLight where I realized that Jesus was all the hope I would ever need. Through Jesus captivating my heart, I believe my family has been brought closer together and closer to Jesus. The journey has not been in the least bit easy, but it has been in every way worth the joys and challenges.
In college I was involved in a college ministry called Cru which was focused on winning, building and sending out laborers for Christ. The depth of my relationship grew, and I knew I was being called to give a year of my life after college to pour into the life of college women. I was blessed to be able to mentor women, share my faith on campus, and speak in front of college students at different events. But God called me out of college ministry to pursue my career in Nursing. In some ways my faith was really struggling and I needed to take a step back, but I believe God works all things for good, even when they really don’t make any sense at all. Now, I am so joyful that God laid nursing on my heart.
I graduated from South Dakota State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I now work at Sanford, a huge medical corporation in the midwest and around the world. Currently I work on a Medical Oncology floor so I work with a lot of surgical patients, patients who are getting a work-up for a diagnoses, and cancer patients. Can I share with you a story? (Of course I can, it’s my blog, but I thought it would be polite to ask!) When I was in High school and considering the healthcare profession I went on a 24 hour ride-along with an ambulance service. We responded to the scene of an accident where the had been casualties and survivors. As we were caring for our patient the thought that crossed my mind was, “This is the darkest moment in this man’s life.” He had lost a loved one, and he didn’t even know. What a privilege it is to be in healthcare where we are allowed and invited to step into the darkest moments of out patient’s lives to be a light to them. No one wants to be in the hospital, having surgery, or being diagnosed with cancer. When I am having a hard day at work I remember that thought and what an honor it is to be in this profession.
Now I have 8 months of nursing under my stethoscope and a lifetime ahead. I hope to make an impact, as I’m sure you do. After all, that’s why you chose nursing, isn’t it? I am excited to be posting this in recognition of Nurse’s Week that is being celebrated across America this week. Thank you for all you do!