Alejandro Casanova, RN
Kearney Regional Medical Center
Stories of Florence Nightingale’s compassion, bravery, and leadership have shaped modern nursing and influenced and inspired millions. As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, we are honored to shine a light on today’s #NurseHeroes on the front lines by sharing some of their stories.
This is Alejandro’s story.
“I always tell them, ‘It’s not goodbye, it’s a see you later.’”
Describe why you chose to become a nurse
I chose to become a nurse because I wanted to pursue a career that helped other people. As an immigrant, I also wanted to choose a carer where I felt I could really make a positive impact for the Spanish population here.
Describe your most rewarding day on the job
My most rewarding days as a nurse are those days that I really feel like i had a personal impact on my patients. Nothing rewards a nurse more than a patient voicing their thankfulness for caring them at the end of a shift.
Describe your most challenging day on job
The most challenging day on a job for me as a nurse, are the days I spend with patients towards the end of their lives. I always tell them, “It’s not goodbye, it’s a see you later.”
Do you have any nurse hacks or lessons learned in the field you would like to share with others?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Learn from everyone around you, including your patients.
What’s a favorite quote of yours?
“I did it to myself.”
Anything else you’d like to share?
My fiancé, who nominated me for this spotlight, is also a nurse and we are both just thankful to be a part of great teams and are able to give back to the patients we serve.
For those looking for a way to help others, is there a charity you suggest?
Canine Rescue, Care Inc. I chose this charity because I have a great passion for animals, especially puppies. We have two rescue dogs from this shelter and they are amazing to work with and care about their animals so much!
Thank you for all you do, Alejandro!
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