"She believed she could so she did it!" I knew in high school that I loved the medical field.  It was something that I only had in my mind but I never actively pursued becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).  My reasons was because I didn't think I could complete the schooling but, I always continued to dream about becoming a nurse one day. I did, however, become a Medical Assistant. I absolutely loved it!

Years later, after settling down and having my 3 beautiful girls - now teenagers, I decided to pursue my dream and began prerequisites for the nursing field. I still didn't think I could do it. I knew that the road to completion would be long and hard, especially while taking care of a family.

My confidence and will to put my heart and soul into schooling went sky high one day after speaking with a friend. She explained, that her husband was a patient at Northwestern Medicine on life support and that they weren't sure how long he would be here on earth. My friend continued to express, "If it wasn’t for the AMAZING nurses at the hospital, I don't know how I would be able to get through this. They have done everything for Steve and for me. I have so much respect and love for ALL of the nurses. They have made a huge difference in this horrible time.”

Her statement resonated deeply within me. Her heartfelt testament of how greatly the compassion, service, and dedication of those nurses during her and her husband’s time of need is why I became a Nurse.

I want to make a positive difference in the lives of the patients I cross my path - whether it be through medication, telling them a silly joke to make them laugh, allowing them to find comfort through me even if its listening to them express their frustrations from being sick or just a hug - If it makes them feel better and helps them through their circumstances, even if it was just for a moment...I want to be there for them.

Today, I am living my dream. I am nurse and I believe I do make a difference.  I love my patients and I love caring for them. It was all worth the initial questioning and wondering if I could accomplish it; because at the end of the day from that moment on, I BELIEVED I could....so I did!

Toni, RN