Faces of Becker: A Photo Series Highlighting the Humanity of Nurses

Faces of Becker is a series of photos highlighting the humanity of healthcare. Each photo shares the real story of a nurse who is inspired to help others everyday! We featured these stories on our Becker NCLEX-RN® Facebook page to encourage our nursing students and also to show the world that nurses are humans, too.

Here are their stories.

Jackson Park nurse poses at Becker's CMTC

“From the time that I was a little kid, I enjoyed chemistry and biology. All kinds of different things in the sciences fascinated me. After graduating college, I had a degree and an opportunity to make money, travel, go to different hospitals, and experience things that I’d never experienced before. It was a means to an end in the beginning, but if I stopped nursing now I’d miss it.”

Nurse at Becker's CMTC

“I’ve always wanted to go into medicine but initially I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I was a teenager my dad got really sick and then my grandmother got really sick. It made me want to go into human medicine. There’s never been moments where I didn’t think it was worth it or I didn’t want to do it anymore – I’ve always wanted to do it. Sometimes I may not have wanted to work where I was working, but I’ve always wanted to be into nursing. Seeing people feel better is really fulfilling. You wouldn’t really understand it until you’ve saved a patient’s life or if it wasn’t for something you did, they wouldn’t be here. Once you get that feeling you want to keep feeling it. It’s sort of like a drug.”

“I think I like how large the field is. You can do almost anything in nursing. You don’t have to ever touch a patient if that’s not what you want to do. You can work at a desk, you can work at a hospital, you can help the elderly in their homes, you can help children, you can teach… it’s very vast. Every nurse finds their niche once they try things. I found my niche, which is critical care, because I like critical thinking and figuring out what’s going on with a patient.”

“It’s a very rounded floor and it’s always exciting. It’s rewarding to be able to service these types of patients, but it can be very trying because you have to know how to talk with the patients and when not to talk to the patients. You have to watch their demeanor because they can become combative. You want to make sure that their safety is in consideration, but also your own. You learn from experience. After you graduate from school, whatever you’ve learned starts connecting as you experience it. You don’t really understand it as much until you experience it.”

“Nursing wasn’t my first choice. My first choice was to be a pharmacist but I tagged along to see what a pharmacy actually does. After the day, I realized I’d be so bored. I went to get a biology degree and when I came back home I ended up going back to nursing school. My family is in the ministry of serving, that’s what I call it. My sister is a nurse, I’m a nurse, and I was married to a nurse. So, it’s just all in the family. To be honest, I don’t think I would do better in any other profession. It’s a passion of mine now. I don’t see my life without it. It’s something that I originally ran away from but at the end of the day, I believe that my sole purpose is to serve people.”

“My brother was paralyzed and he died a couple of years ago. It made me want to be a nurse. I went and just did it and I loved it. Now, I want to do something with law. I only have my associate’s degree so I’m going into an 18-month program in January. I just haven’t pinpointed exactly what I want to do yet. I’ve got to take one step at a time.”

We appreciate these nurses for sharing their stories and hope that their stories inspire you as much as they’ve inspired us!