When I was in school I had no idea what I wanted to do. A lot of my friends were in the nursing program and seemed very happy there, so I decided to give it a try. It was the best decision I've ever made. Nursing is exciting because you are often involved in life-altering situations. Depending on where you work, those situations could mean life or death. I really like being in ophthalmology because I actually help people gain the gift of sight! It's such a great feeling. Before, I was in labor and delivery and the intensive care unit, which was much more fast-paced. I'm not an adrenaline junkie and prefer a more low-key setting. That's a big advantage of nursing -- you can choose a work setting that best suits your personal passions and personality. In fact, I'm looking into going to Key West with a travel nurses company with some friends. They have incentives like paying your rent and bonuses, plus you get to be in Key West for three months and have a meaningful job! How can you beat that? In general, the best part of nursing is your patients' thanks. You can tell when someone is grateful to you and that is very satisfying. I love giving direct patient care and advocating for patients' comforts and needs.