I decided to become a nurse because of a hug.  The kind of hug that is safe and nurturing and that somehow glues broken pieces back together.  In the next few lines, I will share a part of my story so you can see why and how I just may be the person who can help you.

It was a mid summer, sunny day, I was at the hospital with my mom waiting for my jaw surgery.  To say I was scared is a big understatement.  I was paralyzed by fear and in many ways, I was fed up and mad at life.  Like any 14-year-old girl, I had better, more important things to do.  I had been awaiting this surgery for many weeks.  I had a lot of experience with clinics, doctors offices, and surgeries but this one felt bigger, scarier.  They had explained everything and told me that I would wake up in intensive care.  This was a first for me and maybe this partly explains why I was more nervous this time? The surgery was postponed three times that morning because the surgeon needed to deal with emergencies.  By the third postponement, my anxiety was through the roof.  Wearing only my blue hospital gown, I decided that that was IT. I was leaving. I could not handle one more perceived pitfall. I started to pack my suitcase and decided that I was not having the surgery.  I just could not handle the stress.  Then…

THE NURSE came in, sat on the edge of the bed and hugged me.  I don’t remember any of the words she said but I will never forget how she made me feel. I remember feeling safe, deeply held and validated.  Afterwards, I decided to go ahead with the surgery. That moment was probably the biggest gift I ever received, here’s why.

When I came home, it was clear.  I knew that That, what that nurse did for me, was what I wanted to do when I grew up.  Not go around and hug people but make people feel that deep safety, compassion, and validation by my presence.  Nursing has been the vehicle through which I hold this sacred space for parents and their children.  I know from personal and professional experience that I can hold this space for YOU, your child and your whole family.

Sending you a big virtual HUG!

Your Nurse, Sharon xo