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After stealthily observing long-term care professionals in the wild for the past 15 years or so, I've come to see you as a perplexing and elusive study in contrasts. Perhaps you haven't noticed me. I've been conducting my research from a camouflaged duck blind in the lobby.
As Nurses Day approaches, I've begun to wonder: How do you describe in one blog the "awesomeness" of a long-term care nurse? And then it hit me ... a single word. Perhaps no single word in the human language better describes the nurse in the long-term care continuum.
Two questions give senior living leaders countless hours of lost sleep. The first seems fairly objective: What does it take to be successful in this field? The second is about as personal as it gets: Do I have what it takes?
I love being a nurse and I can't think of being anything else. Do you remember a time when there was a turning point, that is, there was something that actually framed or shaped WHO you would become in your career?
Let's be honest with each other. I made a bad career choice, and so did you. We should have been Olympic discus throwers. What were we thinking?