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 Richard’s story.
“I would choose Richard to take care of me and my loved ones if I ever get sick.”
Describe why you chose to become a nurse
When I was in high school and I wanted to go to college to study Education, and my father suggested Nursing. He passed away before my high school graduation. My brother at one point gave me the idea that if I became a nurse, I could choose to either work as a nurse in an academic setting or in the hospital, so that also influenced my decision to go nursing school.
Describe your most rewarding day on the job
A most rewarding day on the job is when patient and family members give me their gratitude for taking care of their loved one no matter what the outcome was, or a patient writes a poem for me for taking care of her and saying “I can not give you a gift, but I can write you a poem.”
Describe your most challenging day on job
A most challenging day would be when taking care of patient and then “the unexpected situation” arises.
Do you have any nurse hacks or lessons learned in the field you would like to share with others?
I learn whatever I can while at work: from the situation, the people I care for and the people I work with and I apply it to every situation possible.
What’s a favorite quote of yours?
A favorite saying is “Expect the unexpected.“ I always keep it in mind most of the time whether at work, home, or travel, which I believe is relatable in my line of work.
Anything else you’d like to share?
As nurses, we not only have to care for others; we also have to take care of ourselves in whatever way we can.
Thank you for all you do, Richard!
Thank you for helping us honor Richard and the profession of nursing, Maria Luz and Amanda. We salute you!
Do you have a story to share?
While our team at ShiftWizard believes all nurses are heroes, we’d like to hear who you feel has gone above and beyond. Help us honor a fellow nurse or nurse leader whose actions have inspired others in these unprecedented times, and let’s celebrate nursing together!
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