You are there when the need is great and when the need is small. You provide your best to those who feel their worst. You offer endless shades of light to those who encounter darkness. You understand the difference between care and caring. It’s more than just showing up — it’s showing competence, compassion and empathy. You advocate for your patients when no one else seems willing. You fight for what is right to ensure their needs are being met. You share in their joy and in their pain, in their laughter and their tears. You are their voice when they do not have one, their hand to hold when they are alone, their protector when they are vulnerable and their sense of strength when they feel weak. Being a nurse goes far beyond bandages and charting — it’s about loving people through their rawest moments. It’s taking on other’s pain with passion and purpose. It’s giving a piece of your heart to help fill someone else’s. You are a nurse, saving lives and healing souls — making an infinite difference through every person you touch.