I expected nursing to be rewarding and have certainly not been disappointed. My mother is an RN and she inspired me to enter the profession. For me, the most fulfilling aspect of nursing is patient teaching. Upon admission and prior to discharge, I enjoy teaching patients and family members about their illness, treatment, and post-discharge instructions. It's very gratifying to be able to spend time speaking to a patient and listening to their concerns. Nurses deal with people when they are in their most vulnerable state, and there's nothing like being able to comfort them during a time of crisis or despair. I feel especially good when I have taken care of a patient and a family member notices an improvement in the patient's appearance. One thing I didn't expect was the magnitude of responsibility nurses have for all aspects of a patient's care. My colleagues and I welcome this challenge, however, and I find that it makes my career all the more fulfilling. Now is a great time to enter nursing. There's great job security and, as our population ages, we need more and more caring people to enter our profession to meet the demand. Nursing certainly isn't a `dead-end' job -- to the contrary, it is a doorway to many opportunities including travel nursing, bedside nursing, school nursing, occupational nursing, advanced practice nursing, nursing informatics, education and administration. Whatever field you choose, nursing provides a chance to make a difference in people's lives. One particular instance comes personally to mind. I once received a letter from the daughter of one of my patients who wrote: ` I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your professionalism and humane care of the sick and the elderly, regardless of race or color, everyone working together in harmony ... you all treated my mother very well.' This is what nursing is all about.