My first time doing CPR on a real person was the night I learned how to be a nurse. In that long first year of nursing, I had learned the science and the mechanics, but that shift taught me so much more.
I am a nurse. I am not a doctor. I don’t try and cheat death. I offer comfort, a smile, a skilled hand. For many days I will open my eyes in the morning and I will have a choice. To find joy or not. To help or not. To continue or not.