American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 48

48 This is the area of medicine I am passionate about. In this field of medicine, you encounter patients who are extremely sick, have a very low quality of life, and perhaps are even on the very brink of death; but with some straightforward procedures they can make a full recovery and live decades longer. To see such a change, sometimes within weeks, is truly rewarding. 6. APUM: How long have you been nursing? Is this the dream job or do you have plans beyond this? LEA: I’ve been a nurse for over two years now but was working in that field with patients for several years before that. That previous experience greatly increased the weight of my resume and has helped me find a job that I love. Much like with the gym and personal fitness, it is always good to set new goals to reach for them. Currently I am working on my Masters and hope to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 7. APUM: In medicine, you often see trauma and the tragedy in people’s lives. There are those that can’t be saved despite everyone’s best efforts and then there are those that make it against all odds. How do you handle the emotional highs and lows of the job? LEA: Hmm, this is a very good question. In all honestly, I don’t handle the lows too well and such outcomes never stop being distressing. Doing this job, we have to focus on the positives and try to learn from the negatives. Over time, you learn that some things are out of your control and that you should worry or focus on the things you can affect. Life is precious and sometimes random things play a large role in those outcomes. 1. APUM: Can you tell our readers a little bit about growing up and how you landed in Arizona? LEA: I grew up in Massachusetts and lived there my whole life until a few years ago. I love to do outdoors activities and enjoy warmer weather, which of course in New England this is not possible year-round. It’s the sun and the guns that became the primary reason I decided to move to Arizona. 2. APUM: When you were growing up, were you a girly-girl, tom-boy, or a little of both? LEA: I was never really a girly-girl, I always enjoyed being outdoors and wasn’t afraid of getting dirty. I worked on a local farm for several years in high school. 3. APUM: In high school were you an athlete, cheerleader…? LEA: I absolutely love fitness but in high- school I was not an athlete or a cheerleader. Back then I was more into music and drama, in fact, I took classical piano lessons for 12 years and composed my own music. 4. APUM: What made you decide to become a nurse and when did you know? LEA: Once I had been working in exercise science for a while and had more exposure to the healthcare field and nurses, I realized nursing was a lot more than what I had naively believed. Looking at all the different areas and specialty possibilities, and how interesting they were, made me want to shift my focus to nursing. 5. APUM: What kind of nursing do you specialize in and what brings you the most joy and reward from doing what you do? LEA: I’ve always been obsessed with the cardiovascular system, especially the heart 49 JAY DOBYNS