Fun Facts about "ThatNurse" Her name is Jen. She's a beginner writer. She hikes locally. She's been a nurse since May 1994. Her credentials: BSN RN CEN She's worked in: Long Term/Extended Care, Coronary Progressive Care, Emergency Room, Pre-Op/Phase2 PACU. She's a Wife and Mother. She's a lifetime reader. She loves to cook. She's loves her dog. She's a proud Band Mom.
I decided to become a nurse when I was four years old. My godmother, who is a nurse had given me a toy nurse’s kit for Christmas that year. She put her nurses cap on me and I pretended to examine my grandfather. Twenty years later, I became a nurse. Early into my nursing career one of my patients looked me in the eyes, pointed her finger at me and told me that I had a talent I didn’t know I had. I replied to her with a few of my then twenty seven year old interests. She held her gaze on me and told me I needed to figure it out. That patient died shortly after her hospital stay so I didn’t have the opportunity to ask her more but I never forgot what she said. Years later I went back to school and earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation I gave my godmother a duplicate set of my Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Honor Cords that I had worn in commencement. I realized that experience was transformational for me. Not only did it enhance my knowledge as a nurse, it gave me the ability to think differently. It opened my eyes to the fact that I enjoyed writing while I was earning that degree. I wrote paper after paper and the writing came easily and it felt good. After a series of synchronicities it occurred to me that inside of this nurse is a writer too. Writing was the talent I didn’t know I had. I wish I could tell that patient that I finally figured it out but I am sure she already knows.