Reflecting on why I became a nurse after 14 years of practice is a journey of self exploration. The nursing profession allows one the privileged of witnessing the endurance of life and the virtue of the human soul. Being a nurse is one of the few careers where you are able to make a difference daily in someone else's life. The CVICU is a fast, fluid, and dynamic environment. There is always something new to learn, some new skill to be mastered, and some challenge to be conquered. Time passes quickly as an ICU nurse, but it requires skill, talent, and commitment to balance the art of critical care. Nursing is a journey of lifelong learning with excellent opportunities for scholarship. In our city, I am currently participating in a work study program to obtain my Masters Degree in Nursing specializing in acute care. In this program, I am paid eight hours per week while obtaining my degree. It is a great chance to balance work, life, and academia. Nursing is a career full of choices. You can get a job anywhere and be compensated well. You can choose to be a clinician, an educator, a legislator, or work in a corporate environment. The possibilities and the opportunities are endless when you are a nurse!