So I had a patient one night with a heart condition (keep in mind, at the time I was working on a neurology floor). As a new nurse ingrained with mostly fun facts about neuro labs, tests, and symptoms, I stumbled over remembering the normal value of a certain lab associated with this condition. **whips out nifty iPhone with Medical Lab app** Ohhh…now I remember! “For patients with CHF, BNP values will generally be above 100pg/mL.” Problem solved…or so I think. A few minutes later I find myself brought…

Whenever I get gloomy about the state of healthcare, I think of my patients. I remember their faces in their darkest hour. I remember what a kind word, a smile, or a simple touch can do to change their world. As a new, young nurse, I believe I have the privilege to affect change in healthcare—if even only for one patient during one shift. I bring energy, resilience, and a fresh point of view onto a stage already set with too much red tape, bureaucracy, and bad press….