Today, May 6th, marks the beginning of National Nurses Week. In honor of this special week, I interviewed my mom Lisa Stewart.
Q: How long were you a nurse?
A: 15 years.
Q: Were any of your relatives nurses?
A: Yes. My mother was a nurse practitioner. That’s all I know. Just my mother.
Q: Why did you become a nurse?
A: I love working with people. And I love helping people.
Q: What specialties do you have experience in?
A: I worked on the Oncology unit, which is cancer. I’ve worked in the cardiology unit, which is with the heart. I’ve worked in [a] rehab hospital. And I was in intensive care, and I also had private patients.
Q: What is your favorite specialty?
A: Intensive care or emergency.
A: It was just exciting.
Q: After leaving the medical field, has your experience been useful?
A: In a lot of occasions yes.
Q: If you could go back, would you change your major?
A: No. I think… No I wouldn’t change my major in nursing at all. I loved what I did. I think nursing has changed, however, since I’ve stopped nursing.
I speak from personal experience when I say nurses make a difference in people’s lives. My mom’s knowledge and experience not only improved my health growing up but also educated and prepared me for adulthood. I have watched my mom go in and out of nurse mode without hesitation in order to help both people that she knows and strangers. I may be a bit bias, but I think she is pretty special. I love you mom! <3
One more thing. I’d like to take some time to promote a TV show that me and my mom have been LOVING: “Call the Midwife.” The series focuses on midwifery and nursing in a poor section of London during the 1950s. If nursing is of particular interest to you, you should watch this show. It is fascinating and entertaining. Here is a link with more information: http://www.pbs.org/call-the-midwife/about/
“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.” – Rawsi Williams
– Lauren Michele :)