During this long time alone, I have thought too much about nursing as a profession. I was discouraged from the beginning and I didn’t understand why. I cared for my patients and went to school so I could take care of people with some knowledge. But I found that nurses were disposable. The shift work was disrespectful and exhausting. You could go to work and find that you were only needed for 4 hours. I’m so very grateful that I don’t have to support myself with nursing anymore. But I will always miss the patients.