Elizabeth Davis is in her fourth year studying at the Rutgers School of Nursing. Liz chose the nursing major because she has always known that she has an interest in the healthcare field. At a young age Liz would carry around a pretend medical kit and treat all the “boo-boos” on the stuffed animals and dolls in her kindergarten classroom. Her interest in nursing grew stronger as she got older. She started to watch health-related television shows, and frequently made visits to the nurse’s office at school just to see what was going on. Liz says that her love of nursing really began, though, during her experience volunteering at her local hospital in 8th grade.
“I saw the compassion and the relationships every nurse has with their patients and how much they loved what they did. From then on, I knew exactly what I planned on doing in the healthcare industry; no matter what, I was going to be a nurse.”
As a student who has a dream of becoming a pediatric nurse, Liz’s instructors at the School of Nursing do not only mentor her as she pursues her career goal, but also help her find her own definition of what type of a nurse she wants to become.
A nurse is more than the textbook definition of being ‘someone trained to care for the sick and injured.’ Nurses are experts at multitasking and go above and beyond their call of duty everyday. They are the advocates and voices of their patients when meeting with other healthcare providers and planning care. For me, nursing is not just a job; it is my passion, and I am proud to call myself a future nurse.”