During Healthcare Workers Week we asked our policy holders to tell us what led them to a career in healthcare. For some, it was seeing a loved one in need, for others it was simply a calling. Here are some of their responses:
- The ability to help people.
- It was probably a calling. When I left home for college I was thinking of physical therapy as a career. I have worked in nursing for 35 years and I have no regrets.
- I followed in the footsteps of my grandmother and mother. I remember as a young child being on the floor assisting them while passing water to the patients on the unit for which they worked.
- It was when my grandmother became ill and I stood there looking at her, helpless, unable to understand or to render any assistance and my curiosity got the best of me.
- Seeing my family that was frequently hospitalized.
- My Mom was sick and I was young. I couldn’t help her, that’s the reason why.
- The ability to help others at their lowest.
- Seeing how the nurses cared for my baby girl who was born early.
- Being a nurse is a calling, and I admired every step of it. I became a nurse because I was inspired by my late Aunt. She was sick in bed, helplessly, and each time I was called to her bedside, I was never there as much as I could. Since that moment, I made up my mind to become a nurse, and give of myself to the sick physically, mentally and emotionally. Caring for my patients both adults and children has been the best thing that I could ever asked for. I am blessed to be a nurse.
- I like to help people.
- A very innate desire to help sick and suffering humanity.
- I retired from the USAF in 1992, traded uniforms for scrubs and kept on working as an RT Radiographer. Around July 1999, I applied to transfer from X-Ray to MRI. It’s 2016 now and I’m not ready to quit.
- I wanted to be a school teacher in 1969. I was drafted into the U.S. Army as a Medic. I went to Vietnam and post-Vietnam I became a Respiratory Therapist and I have been one for 43 years. It’s a great choice and I have enjoyed my choice and I would do it again.
- The compassion to help others was taught by my mother. I would question why we gave away our clothing and shoes. My mom always said, “Treat people right because you never know when you’ll be standing up in need.” Therefore I’m more than a healthcare provider, it’s my duty to take care of those in need.
- I used to take care of my grandma and she passed away in my arms.
- I enjoy helping people. I love seeing people overcome an illness and assisting with the process. Nothing else brings me a greater joy.
- I love taking care of people.
- My mom was diabetic and unfortunately, she had one of her legs amputated. She became very ill and she needed extra care. So, I decided to start being a Home Health Aide in which I could take care of my mom the way nobody would.
- I started working in the healthcare field because I love helping people.
- I always wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl growing up… I like taking care of people.
- It was the special care I was given when I was sick as a child.
- At a very young age my dad became very sick, with no other family around I was the one who took care of him until he died. If anyone asked what I wanted to be in the future I would say a nurse. Now here I am in the healthcare field.
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