Being a pediatric nurse is perhaps one of the greatest joys in my life. I can't tell you how much gratitude I feel toward my patient's families for entrusting their children with me. I treat their children as if they were my very own, and give them the exceptional care that they deserve. Working in the neuroscience area, we see devastating injuries that miraculously turn out to be a minor setback. Children we care for in our stepdown unit often return six or eight months later to hug and kiss you for making them better. And you see the joy in the parents' eyes when their children take the first steps in recovery after the parents had given up hope. My daughter had never really mentioned becoming a nurse, but even at seventeen, she understands how devoted that I am to nursing. She said, "Mom, I don't think I could be a nurse, because you work so hard." I told her, "Yes, you could, because loving people, and giving your heart and soul to something you believe in is very easy to do." I encourage anyone thinking about being a nurse to step up and achieve that goal. You are limited only by your own obstacles. If you would like to make a difference in another person's life, then be a nurse. Believe me, it may not be outwardly visible, but people remember and appreciate the little things you do, and small deeds do not go unnoticed by those whom the deeds affect.