The Inspirations Behind the Nurses

Mentors who uplifted members of the profession are celebrated on Facebook

On our Facebook page, we asked nurses who or what inspired them to become nurses. Sometimes nurses were led to the profession by a life experience and other times it was a beloved family member or even a favorite book. Some answers might surprise you. Others may make you nod your head in agreement and take you down memory lane. And some may inspire self-reflection or even your next book choice. Read on to find out.
“My dad.”
— Thomas Micheal
“My mom. She works harder as a nurse than anyone I've ever known. I grew up watching her put her all into nursing, and I strive to be just like her.”
— Ann Gorski
“When volunteering as a candy striper, I watched so many nurses making a difference in the lives of people.”
— Linda Finley Ferkle
“My son got meningitis at 10 months old. (He was cured.) One of his nurses was exceptional, and I started thinking that I'd like to be a pediatric nurse as well. I went back to school and got my degree. Went to work at a pediatrics hospital in Chicago. Loved my career, now retired after 20 years. I miss the kids though.”
— Gayle Austin Line
“My grandmother inspired me. She always seemed to know what to do when children or animals got sick. I found out many years after her death that she had been a nurse.”
— Linda Durbin
“I read ‘Nurse’ by Peggy Anderson.”
— Kavitha Manuel
“The book series, “Cherry Ames, Student Nurse,” captivated me (after I’d read all the Nancy Drew books). I loved reading about nursing, and after my high school biology class, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse. This was in the late ‘60s when women were still mostly relegated to teaching, clerical [work], retail, and nursing. Nursing is a revered profession, and I’m proud to have been part of it.”
— Pamela Wilson-Floyd
“My grandmother inspired me. She was always taking care of sick people in our family and holding down a full-time job. I just want to help others. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”
— Karen Padgett
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