posted on May 11th 2018 in Blog /

As a nurse, taking care of a donor patient is very emotional. My heart breaks for the donor patient’s family knowing they just lost a special person in their life; however, I also feel inspired knowing something tragic can turn into something miraculous. It’s terribly heartbreaking to say goodbye to someone you love, but what better gift to give than the gift of life. As a nurse, it is encouraging to know I can be a part of something remarkable like this, as well as, being there for the family whose world has been turned upside down. Nurses’ hearts are full, we are caring and one of the most giving individuals; therefore, orchestrating tragedy into something inspiring gives us hope that we are making a difference in someone’s life.

Abby Ballinger RN, CCRN, MSN

St. Vincent MICU