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Unsung Heroes, Nursing Edition: Nacole Riccaboni

Unsung Heroes, Nursing Edition: Nacole Riccaboni
May 6, 2016 No comments

One of the most impactful moments I’ve experienced as a nurse was seeing the love in a mother’s eye the first time she saw her baby. This was during my first few months as a new nurse. The operating room was filled with people. Everyone had a job to do and people were getting prepared to meet the little guy. The room hummed with activity, it was like one big machine. Then the pushing started, the yelling and the crying. I didn’t even know it at the time but I was crying. And then with a final push, the baby saw the world for the first time. He looked so peaceful, so delicate. I had never seen something so gentle yet strong. In that moment, nothing else mattered but the child and the mother. It was familiar, it was gentle, it was home. Nothing was said but volumes of emotions were conveyed.

I myself had difficulty conceiving. My husband and I tried for 10 years to have a child. Finally, our prayers were answered and we had our son, Rocco. In the delivery room, I remembered that experience and that love. From the moment I saw my son, I understood what that mother felt. The nurses who assist mothers in bringing new life into the world are some amazing individuals. That moment in time is something I will never forget and the reason why I became a nurse.

Nursing isn’t a job for me, it’s a passion of mine. Ask anyone, everyone has had at least one experience with a nurse at some point in their life. Whether it’s a doctor’s office visit or a hospital visit, nurses are there. Day and night, nurses work around the clock to save lives and impact their community. As a child, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The accident involved my mother and my brother as well. My mother rode in the ambulance with my brother (because he was younger and obtained more injuries). When I arrived at the hospital, I was alone, scared and in a large amount of pain. My knee was injured badly and I was in shock. I remember the first person I saw was Ms. Green. She was a nurse and told me, “The pain will go away, your mother will be here soon. You are at the hospital and I’m your nurse. I’m here to help and care for you.” The nurses in the emergency room made a horrible experience less terrifying by talking to me and just caring for my overall emotional wellbeing. Those words were my anchor in a storm.

I’m 33 years old now and I still remember the nurse (Ms. Green) who cleaned my wounds and gave me a teddy bear. Her face, her kindness is something I will never forget. That experience is what drew me to nursing. I wanted to help the people in my community in their times of need. As a nurse now, I get to live that dream each shift and provide safe harbor for people who are ill or injured. Nurses provide not only medical care but emotional support that sticks with individual throughout their lifetime. I’m living proof of that and I wanted to be a part of such an amazing group of men and women.

-Nurse Nacole Riccaboni

Unsung, is a feature MDF proudly brings to the MDF community highlighting the incredible MDF’ers who are truly #CraftingWellness. We hope to inspire, encourage, and connect humanity by sharing the stories from the thousands of anonymous individuals whose imprint can be seen in the lives of countless others

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