Health Care Hero: ‘I became a nurse to make a difference’

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Name: Sandy Hess

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Ohio

Where do you work: Mercy Health-Urbana Hospital Emergency Department


Job title: Nurse

Describe what your day is like/what you do: My typical day involves taking care of patients with various complaints and injuries and comforting the ill. My goal is to give each patient the best experience.

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What inspired you to get into health care? I was hired into the health care field as an ancillary staff member, but as I worked alongside my peers and observed them changing lives, I knew that was the path I was going to choose.

What do you want readers to know about your job right now? I would like the readers to know that I have the best job and I could not imagine doing anything else. I became a nurse to help patients heal and live their best lives. I became a nurse to comfort patients during their rough times and relieve their fears. I became a nurse to make a difference.

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