Hear from Medical Center of McKinney nurses as they share their reasons for choosing nursing as a career.
On May 6, health care institutions around the country will celebrate National Nurses Week. This year, we wanted to ask our nurses why they chose the career that they did. We heard from nurses from all over our hospital, with various specializations and experience. Here is what they had to say.
“I became a nurse because my aunt was critically injured in an accident and was brought to the hospital (Medical Center of McKinney, by the way) 20 years ago. She did not survive, unfortunately, and was pronounced DOA. I remember the nurse who worked on her, came after and comforted us, answered questions, offered coffee, and called the chaplain. Although she never had the chance to take care of my aunt, she didn’t forget that the family members were her patients also.
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to assist a family, much like the nurse who inspired me. When a baby is admitted into the NICU, parents are frightened and worried. Being able to comfort them, explain to them what is going on with their baby, and answer any questions that they may have is the best part of my job. Then, in a few days or a few weeks, seeing that mom and dad with the biggest smiles on their faces, as they take their little ones home, is priceless!”
-Misti Boone, RN
“I became a nurse because it’s a profession that is highly looked upon and respected. I wanted to feel needed and just be able to be there in a time of need, even if it’s just to hold hands or shed a tear of joy or sadness. It’s a feeling of making a difference with gestures of kindness and humanity.
The best thing about my job is, without a doubt, holding a brand new life with a feeling of “awe” every single time I attend a delivery. And my coworkers are the icing on the cake!!!!!!”
-Tina Patel, RN
“I became a nurse because I wanted to help and care for others who were injured, sick, or otherwise unable to care for themselves. The most rewarding part of my job is when I swaddle a brand new baby and give it to Mom to hold for the first time and/or when I am able to help an exhausted new mom get some much needed rest and care for her baby. This is a favorite quote: ‘Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water, it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.'”
-Marnie Norris, RN
“I became a nurse because a nurse intervened in a critical moment of my life when I was an infant with decisions that saved my life. The most rewarding part of my job is educating our future nurses one experience at a time.”
-Huey Gary, RN
“I became a nurse because I wanted to do something that I felt would make a difference. While my day to day work may not make headlines, I know that when people have come to me scared or in pain I can help them. I like knowing that, in a small way, I made a difference in their life at that moment when they needed help the most.
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing a new mom, who was so scared and uncertain about motherhood, leave with confidence and assurance because of what our department has taught her.”
-Heather Gilbreath, RN
“The most rewarding part of my job is when we see someone come in and they are so down but after a few days of care and getting fed and having clean clothes and medications to help them, they just brighten up-both their affect and their spirits. They have hope again. This is the reward of the psych nurse.”
-Laura Nix, RN
“I became a nurse because my favorite aunt was one and she was my role model. The most rewarding part of my job is to see a mother acquire self assurance in caring for and breastfeeding her infant.”
-Inez J. Brown RNC, BSN, IBCLC, LTC Retired
Medical Center of McKinney is proud to have such an experienced and committed nursing staff treat the McKinney community on a daily basis. We wish all of our nurses a very happy Nurses Week this May!