Did you ever wonder why your co-workers chose a career in the healthcare profession? Ask them. The answer might surprise you. Many nurses report a traumatic medical event in their childhood being their reason for pursuing a career in nursing. Even my own decision to become a nurse was shaped by a medical event. When I was 14 I lost a close friend to cancer.  As I watched her struggle through treatment for 2 years, I vowed to become a nurse and care for other children who were ill. The compassion and caring that the nurses provided my friend was so amazing, that I knew I wanted to provide the same care to others.  Medical events in a child’s life leave a lasting impression; many will shape their future in ways you wouldn’t expect.

Did a medical event touch your life? Did it inspire you to become a healthcare professional?