I am currently a staff nurse on a 30 bed unit specializing in open heart surgery, lung surgery, and vascular surgery, with 24 hour telemetry monitoring. I have been on the same floor for the past 9 years, learning how to be a great nurse through experience, more importantly, hands on, bedside learning. I have been in the role of staff nurse, charge nurse, educator, and preceptor. I take on each role happily and dutifully, and fulfill it to the best of my abilities. I work 12 hour day shifts from 7a-7p, so the hardest part of the job to me, is caring for these patients 12 hours a day, as they can be very critical. It requires a lot of critical thinking and independent thinking. The best part of my job is educating my patients in order to prevent further health complications, and knowing that what I do truly makes a difference.