As a nurse with over 30 years’ experience, I have been inspired by many nurses over my working life. They have made me want to be better at what I do.
I met and worked with a nurse 31 years ago who had such a passion for nursing. She has an authentic and genuine character with excellent problem-solving skills that were honed from a career in emergency nursing.
She is generous with her time and focused on giving back to a wide community of people.
These were all positive qualities that I admired and aspired to be like during my own career.
As a young newly qualified nurse, I told her I was in awe of her.
I have followed her career over the years as it has taken her all over the world and placed her in prestigious positions.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with her two years ago and sat next to her during supper. Before I could say anything, she turned to me and said, “I know what you are going to say to me,” and I replied, “I still am.”
Above all, she still remains humble.
Every time I facilitate new graduates and undergraduate nurses, I talk to them about the power of positive role modelling.
As Florence Nightingale in one of her many writings stated, “We do not teach what we preach, but what we are.”
I think the statement is as true today as it was in the late 1800s.
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