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Local nurses share thoughts on what led them to the nursing field

It is National Nurse Appreciation Week and 6 News spoke with a group of local nurses about their choice to get into the medical field.

TEXAS, USA — Nurses are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and during National Nurse Appreciation week, 6 News wanted to let nurses share their stories in their own words. We asked them three questions:

  • Why did you become a nurse? 
  • What is the best part of the job? 
  • What is something you wanted to share about nurses that we might not know or realize?

Here are part of their answers. 

Why did you become a nurse? 

"I thought, 'Oh I'll never be smart enough to be one', But that was my goal even as a little child. I never even desired to be anything, but a nurse," Tammy Towner with BSW Hillcrest said. 

"I was inspired by my mom helping others when I was growing up. Every time she'd come home she'd tell me stories of just how her day went and just all the people that she helped," 1st. Lt. Jhanica Reyes with Carl R. Darnall said.

"Somehow ended up there. Just kind of goes to show that God leads you to where you're supposed to be. I love what I do," Ashlen Perkins with Ascension Providence said.

What is the best part of the job?

"It was really rewarding to see people that were broken, heal and get to go home," Kelsey Scott with BSW Hillcrest said. 

"Being with my patients. Being with the doctors and seeing mom or dad hold the baby for the first time," Sharon Kolar with BSW Hillcrest said. 

"Having people tell you that you really made a difference in their life and that you help them through a hard time," Melanie Moore with Carl R. Darnall said.

"Seeing the progress people make and helping them get to that great state of health and make it out of the hospital," Latasha Parker said. 

What is something you wanted to share about nurses that we might not know or realize?

"Our patients have just as much of an impact on our lives as we have on their's," Makala Paschal with Ascension Providence said. 

"People might not know that whenever we go home we still think about them," Kelsey Scott with BSW Hillcrest said.

"Just like everybody else, we hurt just like everybody else and we get frustrated just like everybody else. But we have something special inside of us that keeps us going every day, keeps us coming back to work every day. Keeps a smile on our faces and keeps us providing the kind of care that you need to get through tough times like these," Amber Hernandez with BSW Hillcrest said. 

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