Why I Chose Nursing
Guest post by Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN Associate Dean, Undergraduate Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Seattle Pacific University
When I was in High School, I volunteered as a Candy Striper in the hospital. During my time as a Candy Striper, I was mesmerized by the role of the nurse and how they provided care at the patient’s bedside. I was constantly observing nurses and doctors on the unit and knew in my gut that Nursing was my calling.
Over the years, many people have asked me why I did not become a doctor and I always tell them that I was called to be a nurse. I chose nursing because of the diversity of roles, experiences, and settings available to the profession of nursing.
As a nurse, one is taking care of vulnerable populations and delivering care with the three C’s —Caring, Compassion, and Competence. Not only are nurses providing the 3 C’s but they also do this in a multitude of settings and roles.
In my nursing career, I have served at the bedside as an Oncology Nurse, been an Assistant Head Nurse, Pheresis Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Public Health Services Supervisor, Disease-Base State Manager, Corporate Educator, Nurse Educator, Home Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Home Health Nurse Manager, Nursing Program Director, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing.
Overall, nursing has been my life’s work and I love the nursing profession and my colleagues. Nurses make a difference every day no matter where they choose to serve and that is why I chose nursing.