During her first job as a nurse, Shelby Pitts, MSN, RN, went to a lot of funerals, a heartbreaking reality of treating kids with cystic fibrosis. Though it felt as if it was the most challenging way to wet her feet as a new grad, Pitts says it taught her important lessons about the profession she believes is a calling.
“You are with people during their most vulnerable times. What an honor it is to help families through the difficulties, but you can’t do it from the sidelines. You’re all in, and you do it because you love it.” Getting through the emotionally challenging moments of her career Pitts credits to her faith and spiritual foundation. She also says they were the guiding lights that led her to nursing in the first place.