Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse
Tell Me More: I’ve got total care of two critically ill patients. That includes medical management, end of life care, and an interdisciplinary collaboration of a variety of care professionals from physicians to physical therapists to social workers. Nurses are the eyes and ears of the physicians in medical care. We act as liaisons between the families and physicians, and advocate for the patients.
Why Nursing: I didn’t really know what nursing was until I was doing it. It’s nothing like they show it on television. We do a lot of critical thinking and management. If patients look bad, it’s the nurses who catch it. I could have gone to medical school and probably would have made more money, but I really like being at the bed side, making sure the proper coordination of care is happening and treating the whole person rather than just the disease. It’s easily one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding.
Why I March For Science: You can’t get away from science. It’s the foundation of everything. In research, I studied things on a cellular level. Nursing is research based. All of our equipment, our understanding of human physiology, that all comes from scientific studies. Science helps us advance our medical knowledge and treatment, and it informs how we treat people and design policy.