I have been in the medical field since 1977. I was a nurses aide for ten years, then a Licensed Practical Nurse for eight years, and have been a Registered Nurse since 1997. I have recently transferred to a very busy medical/ oncology floor and love it! I was also just named "Nurse of the Year" in the category of Long Term Care/ Rehab for the State of Alaska, through the March of Dimes.I was one of the nurses who was sent to the Katrina Disaster in 2005 by Health and Human Services, and it was the experience of a lifetime. I'd like to tell those considering nursing: as a nurse you can feel heartbreak and satisfaction all in the same day. When you're a young nurse, you learn from watching and listening, learning how to respond, how to work in a group, and how to care for your family. Through nursing, you learn not only how to become a better nurse, but how to do better in life-- the men and women of nursing have a quicker step, look you straight in the eye, and have greater awareness of the world and the people around them.I am very proud of my career, and proud to have been chosen Nurse of the Year. If my story could influence at least one young person to truly choose the nursing field as a career and love it, it would make the final years of my career that much more worthwhile, adding even more to the satisfaction I've gotten from being a nurse.