Chris: What drew you to nursing?
Teresa: It’s the rapport that I build with everyone — my colleagues, my patients, their families. Nursing relies heavily on communication, and that’s a big part of my life. When you communicate, you can understand each other and empathize [with] each other. What about you? Why nursing?
Chris: I wanted to be able to help people in trouble, whether from sickness or pain or whatever it may be. I grew up watching those medical TV shows, and that’s what I wanted to do. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of patients, done a lot of things and had a lot of experiences in different areas.
Teresa: Did it follow your career plan?
Chris: I thought I’d [always] be at the bedside, because it was always about the patients and being able to interact with them. But that’s not how my career has gone. I was bedside for the first 30-something years. Now I just look at [colleagues] as if they were my patients. I was an ER nurse for 15 years, and that’s really what I love. I found it very challenging and enlightening.
Teresa: That’s the exciting thing about nursing. You have all these opportunities. You can teach. And even though you’re no longer bedside, you’re still taking care of people.
Chris: You’re right. There still is the education and being able to mentor. I’m able to help younger nurses navigate the system and look at things from a slightly different perspective.
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