During high school, I volunteered at a hospital and observed women in various roles in health care. I chose nursing because it offered me the opportunity to contribute to the well being and recovery of ill or injured people in a wide variety of settings. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I have worked in critical care, post surgical recovery, medical, and psychiatric nursing. I have also earned a Masters Degree in psychiatric nursing. I have had flexible schedules, leadership opportunities, and have had the opportunity to stay home for years at a time to be with my children. Beyond the physical care nurses provide, there is a unique relationship with patients which develops from sharing significant times in the the life of a patient: witnessing a birth, listening to worries, sitting with the dying, and offering support during difficult times. The most meaningful and challenging experience I've had during my nursing career was the year I spent in Vietnam as an army nurse. Currently I am an instructor in a Health Science Careers program in our local high school. I never hesitate to encourage students to consider nursing as a career choice and I always add that, if given the choice, I would do it all over again.