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A Nurse’s Story: Being strong for patients

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:00pm

By Jemell Cruz 

(Mercyhurst RN-BSN student/graduate of ASN program at MNE) 

I love what I do. It’s who I am. And the fact that I am with people when they are probably at their weakest point in their lives empowers me to be stronger for them. My only goal when leaving work each day is that I did – or at least tried to do – everything I could for my patients. 

Some days are harder than others and there are patients you just cannot please. I have come to realize and accept that in life. The easiest thing you can do is smile. My mother worked hard for what she wanted and here I am doing the same. Her independence and work ethic is something I definitely inherited. I love this field because everyone is unique and should be treated as such. I love that I am in a field where I am working around people who share the same thoughts and feelings as I do.  

Being a part of a team where we help each other out and look out for one another is really fun and exciting. Going to college for nursing was hard for me as I am sure it was for others. I feel proud of myself, but also proud of other nurses because nursing school is not easy and I value being around others who have succeeded at it. 

I think education is so important and, in this field, nurses are always learning. I get excited because as nurses we are providing evidenced-based care to improve patient outcomes. There are so many different specialties and opportunities for nurses to take on. I am excited to continue to educate myself and see where this amazing field takes me. 

One of the nurse preceptors on the unit where I started my nursing career, Jonna, has been a nurse for more than 20 years. She is someone who I value and admire. She is knowledgeable, outgoing, realistic and advocates for her patients. Jonna is definitely a nurse I will never forget because she, along with the great nurse educators around me, helped shaped me into the nurse that I am today.