Over 35 years ago, I chose the profession of nursing. I consider myself a life-long learner, continuing my education to earn a BSN, MSN, and just last week graduating with a DNP in Healthcare Systems Leadership. Yes, I’m older now, but still just as excited about nursing as I was 35 years ago.
Why? Nothing is more rewarding than growing and mentoring our next generation of nurses. I know I can make a difference in someone’s life every single day – a patient, family member, physician or staff member. Nursing leaders have tremendous influence. With that influence comes responsibility to our patients and communities to hire only engaged, passionate nursing leaders who will nurture a culture of excellence. Those who will do the right thing and ensure that our environments are safe and welcoming to our patients and families. I love being a nursing leader, and I invite you to consider it in your nursing future.
Healthcare needs our nursing leadership expertise, our passion, our fortitude and our ability to push through transformational change. Healthcare needs us to help shape the future and create the healthcare system we deserve.
I am fortunate to work with inspiring leaders, including leaders from technology companies such as Voalte. Not only has the technology afforded our nurses more efficient and effective patient communication, but the company is forward-thinking enough to have a Chief Nursing Officer, which is a true testament to the importance of the nursing leader role. Look around, and you will find nursing leaders everywhere.
From the bottom of my heart, Happy Nurses Week, and thank you for answering the “calling” that healthcare has become. I applaud you for making a difference in someone’s life every day.
Pam Beitlich, DNP, ARNP, is Patient Care Director of Women and Children’s Services at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Florida.