YON 2020 Day 247: Sarahita Paige-Lee, BSN, RN

A nurse for over thirty years, Sarahita Paige-Lee, BSN, RN, worked many years as an OB Nurse/NICU nurse and is presently at Lake Health since 2001. She is also a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Coordinator of the American Heart Association Training Center. She recalls her decision to become a nurse, and shares advice for anyone considering such a decision.

When I was 5 years old, there was a television program called “Julia”. The star of the show was Diahann Carroll. I identified with her because she was an African American female. What I loved was that she was working as a professional nurse. She was caring for people during the day and cared for her son when she returned home. People liked and respected her. During those days, that was big deal. I knew then that I wanted to be a nurse.

When I became a nurse, I learned that nursing is not just a career--it is a ministry. Nurses make an enormous difference in people’s lives. We are caring, compassionate, and sometimes considered as guardian angels by patients and their families. It is very satisfying. As a nurse, I get to interrelate with medical staff and administration every day. Because of this, I get to learn from others and add to my knowledge base while sharpening my skills. I guess this is how I keep my passion and enthusiasm in my nursing career.

As a nurse and now an educator, I never know what is going to happen at any given time. My advice for people who are considering becoming a nurse would be to first ask yourself these questions: Am I a caring person? Do I embrace change and have the motivation to learn new things? Do I see myself as a mentor to someone else wanting to become a healthcare provider?

I can truly say that there is a continuous enthusiasm and challenge in my life. I have to say that no day is ever boring, and I am glad to say that my nurse colleagues and I make a difference.

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