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Kayla Hanson, 2013 nursing graduate at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

May 2013

Hanson is a 2012 TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship recipient. Be sure to check out Hanson’s video profile at www.tylenol.com.

Q. When did you decide to pursue a career in nursing and why?

A. I first wanted to be a nurse when I was 10 years old. I had the opportunity to witness the birth of my baby brother, and I was really captivated with the whole event and how beautiful it was – everyone in the room worked together to bring new life into the world while ensuring that my mom and little brother were safe. After seeing that firsthand, I couldn’t imagine doing a job that would be any more exciting or rewarding than helping families every day. Plus, I really loved the hospital environment. In high school, my passion for nursing was confirmed when I shadowed a neonatal nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I was able to meet many critically-ill babies and their families, and it was great to see the strength that families can have in even the worst-case scenarios.

Q. What does it mean to you to have been selected as a recipient of the TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship?

A. When I first found out that I had been chosen as a TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship recipient, I was not only surprised, but also extremely honored and thankful. My parents have four children, so it was a huge financial help for my family. It was also really exciting to be recognized for my hard work and for pursuing my dreams.

Q. What advice can you give to prospective student nurses?

A. My advice for prospective students would be to not lose sight of their goals. Sometimes students get lost in how tough nursing school is and lose their vision for why they applied for nursing school in the first place. Make an inspiration for yourself – for example, when I first entered nursing school, I made a poster with pictures of neonatal babies and wrote “I’m counting on you!” on the poster. Any time nursing school got really difficult, I was able to look at that and remember my purpose. If you have that goal in front of you and don’t lose sight of that, it gives you a lot of motivation to keep pushing through.

Nursing is such a great profession – every day, even on the most difficult days, you can walk away knowing that you made an impact in someone else’s life and that you helped patients through some of the hardest or happiest times of their lives.

Q. What do you believe is the most important attribute of an Amazing Nurse?

A. I think the thing that really sets someone apart as an Amazing Nurse is the ability to pay attention to all of the details within holistic care – to be able to see the person he or she is caring for as a person with physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It’s important to make a personal connection with your patient.

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