YON 2020 Day 35: Michael R. Blood, RN

Michael R. Blood, RN, is a registered nurse at Hillcrest Hospital-Cleveland Clinic, and a member of the local chapter of the National Association for Hispanic Nurses. Blood shares his experience belonging to an active professional organization as a young professional, and how the passion of others has helped him grow in his profession.

Being a part of a professional organization is a great way to surround yourself with like minded individuals. When I joined NAHN, the president took me under his wing and encouraged me to grow in order to better position myself for my future as a nurse. NAHN has given me the opportunity to learn about cultures from all over the world, which has allowed me to connect more intuitively with my patients. While in school, I was generously awarded the first scholarship our chapter offered, which assisted my goals in becoming a nurse.

Having the ability to bring a warm smile and comfort to my patients face during a trying moment has ignited my passion for nursing. When I run towards a patient in distress, I feel empowered because I am in a position to use my nursing skills and judgement to aid those in need. I have always felt a call to action to help people in need and I am so grateful I have tools to help them. I am so thankful to be privileged enough to be surrounded by other great individuals who inspire me daily to become a better person and an even better nurse.

Our common goals bring us together making us an indestructible team night after night. I can share a laugh and stories with someone who lives a completely different life than me. Nursing has taught me that my love for people, can be channeled through my nursing career. I have so many hopes and dreams for my future and I strive to achieve those every day. I am grateful I get to pursue those dreams while I know my patients only have one hope and that is to get better.

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