I made the decision to become a nurse in high school after both of my grandfathers died. It was something that was in my heart, a calling. I want to be there to help patients through their rough times. It is immensely satisfying to know that I can help a stranger through an intimate health crisis when they are at their most vulnerable. The teamwork of the neurology department is what initially drew me to that particular nurse specialty. The brain intrigues me and I know that in neurology I will learn something new each day. Nursing is tough (as I expected it to be) but it is the perfect combination between physical and mental challenges. Nurses must be quick and very sharp. We are the eyes and ears for the physicians, especially in neurology. The human brain is like a closed box; as a nurse, my assessment skills are critical in helping to open that box. It might be noticing a patient's response time when I ask a question, or noting the look in their eyes, or seeing the slight tremor in a hand gesture that could signal that something is going on with their brain. I pass my assessments on to the doctor so they can make an informed diagnosis. As a leader on the floor, I find teaching and mentoring immensely satisfying, but nothing can surpass the fulfillment I feel when I know that I have made a difference in someone's life. I say to anyone considering a career in nursing: know that it is a demanding job, both physically and mentally. You will have to make sacrifices for the job, but the benefits are worth it.