As Operations Manager of Nursing at University Hospitals Conneaut & Geneva Medical Centers, Yvonne Moon, MHA, BSN, RN-BC, explains that while she has changed roles, the core of being a nurse remains the same.
I was the first one in my family to go into the medical field and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I knew it interested me and so I moved forward enrolling at Kent Ashtabula in the ADN program. I had some eye opening moments as a nursing student, but I quickly found out it was more than putting in IVs and answering call bells.
Even as a nursing student I recognized nursing wasn’t about tasks, it was about the ability to connect with others. My profession has been able to give me the gift of being able to make a difference each day. My roles may have changed over the years but my purpose has not. I have witnessed some outstanding moments from my fellow coworkers and felt them myself as well.
Nursing is the opportunity to be the reassuring voice to a scared patient, to comfort a wife that just lost her husband, or to bring laughter to a room filled with loneliness. You never forget the impact of certain patients, nor your own ability to find the inner strength to hold back tears when you need to be strong for a patient that is falling apart.
Nursing is a gift and that feeling of making a difference each day is what has always kept my passion for nursing alive. I have never regretted my decision to become a nurse. One of the best parts of being a nurse is that you can find your home in so many different areas, the opportunities keep growing, and the pride you carry because you belong to this profession never fades.