Being a Nurse Helps Me Appreciate Life

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:49am
6 East, RPCI

Growing up, I never planned on being a nurse. I am shy and squeamish around blood — two unusual characteristics for an RN. But with a knack for math and science, I took a chance on nursing.

In 2006, I left my home in the Philippines to pursue a career in the U.S. I worked as an RN at a Texas-based hospital for three years but never fully acclimated to the profession. It just didn’t seem like a good fit. So I contemplated a career change and relocated to Buffalo, NY with my Toronto-born husband.

I spent a year mulling over my options until I stumbled upon a job opening at Roswell Park. I decided to give nursing another try. The day I started at RPCI, everything changed.

Working here helps me appreciate life more. I really feel the impact of my work. With all of my family still in the Philippines, these patients are my family and I treat them as I would my own.

I was nominated for the DAISY Award by a man who appreciated a seemingly small gesture — I was just doing my job. But to him, it meant the world.

He was in a lot of pain and needed immediate attention. My station at 6 East is always busy, but I did my best to locate a doctor and ensure he received the medication he needed. When I heard his nomination speech at the June 30 award ceremony, I realized how impactful that moment was for him and his family.

I am not used to the spotlight. In fact, it makes me quite uncomfortable. But it’s nice to be recognized, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to care for such nice people.

After four years as a nurse at Roswell Park, I realize how much I truly love nursing and how lucky I am to have this career. I’m so happy I stuck with it.