Life catches us in many phases. When we begin to realize we have slowed down, we tend to look back and wonder. Sitting inside at Lake Geneva a few months ago looking out a window made me reflect on where my career had taken me. When I began nursing as my life choice I was eager to change how the world saw this profession. I wanted to make a difference for patients and nurses. Nurses needed to unite and work together encouraging each other to reach common goals for everyone. After experiencing mentors who ate their young, I found myself confronting the word “why.” I continue to ask that same question for patients who can’t seem to be heard or receive quality care.
I found myself seeing my reflection in the window realizing I was not being able to go out on this beautiful day due to needing to speak about nurse options at a conference. Advocating for change to find answers for the “why” I continue to ask. Daydreaming of a perfect world outside this window was as misleading as the wind was brisk.