I know I sound like Sally Field when I say, "You like me! You really like me!" but I've got to tell you, that's absolutely how I felt when I got the news that my alma mater - the Sinclair School of Nursing, my beloved Mizzou - has decided to honor me with a Certificate of Merit. Thrilled doesn't even begin to express my emotional state - it's awesome, inspiring, and humbling all at once.
Nursing school changed my life. You walk into those classes thinking you know a little something about health care - and then your eyes are opened to all the amazing, amusing, and yes, awe-inspiring things that nurses do every single day. The lessons I learned while working on my Master's at Mizzou have served me well, through every day of my nursing career and beyond.
The research I was able to do in those early days, my first tentative explorations into the connection between health and humor, were successful and bore fruit due to the encouragement and support I received at that time. Mizzou's commitment to holistic patient care, embodying the need to care for our patient's physical, emotional, and social needs, set a standard in the nursing education field well worthy of emulation.
My time at Mizzou was wonderful, and I can't wait to go back. In just a few days, I'll be there to say in person what I'm about to say now: Thank you. Thank you so much!