I was an advertising executive for over twenty years, but I found that I enjoyed the volunteer work I did at a local hospice more than I enjoyed my job. While volunteering with AIDS patients, I discovered that medicine was a calling that I wanted to pursue full time. My company let me go with an offer to come back if nursing was not everything I thought it would be. I made it through nursing school and now I am an RN and have never looked back. I love my job. Emergency care offers me a stimulating environment with variety and the opportunity to think on my feet. I work with my head, hands and heart and at the end of every day, I feel good. While nursing is demanding both physically and emotionally, it is enormously satisfying. In the wake of September 11th, many people began to realize what an important job nurses have. When the events started to unravel that day, I just called my family, told them I would be at the hospital because I was needed there. It was immensely satisfying to know that if people were wounded, I would be there to help. Taking care of patients is the most fulfilling aspect of nursing. Patients afford nurses a level of trust that is a privilege to receive. I have found that by just introducing myself as a nurse, patients will speak more frankly about their condition than they will with a doctor. To have the ability to touch someone when they are nervous and to calm them down and even share a smile with them is immensely rewarding. Nursing is also an exciting career. In the ER I have helped save a man who came in with multiple gun shot wounds to the chest. The entire ER team helped, but I was the one who gave him the blood and medicine that he needed. I was a key part in the overall effort to save his life. Nursing is also intellectually stimulating. I have to try to figure out what is wrong with a patient just like a doctor does so that I can help out the team. Nursing is an important job. The ER is exciting and unpredictable. You need to be smart and good on your feet to become a nurse, but it's the best job, just knowing that you make a difference in people's lives.