LPN Amber Crowe says she's wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a little girl. The hours are long and the paperwork comes in piles, but Crowe says she loves the excitement of her job, ending her shift with a sense of satisfaction.
She can't see herself doing anything else.
"It's rewarding and challenging. It has a bit of both. I love taking care of people," says Crowe.
She says She's most rewarded by seeing patients get better and knowing she had a hand in it.
"When you see them come in and they are very sick and then being able to work with them every day and just watching their progress as they get better and then finally being able to be discharged home --just watching the whole process is really rewarding," Crowe says.
Crowe's dedication has not escaped the attention of her peers.
Tuesday she was named Bay Medical Center's LPN of the year.
She says, "I was so surprised. It's an honor to be recognized like that. It's your co-workers who think you're doing a good job."
For those considering a career in nursing Crowe has this to say, "I would definitely recommend it... the nursing field is so broad, there are so many different things you can do in nursing so many different fields you can work in. You can work in doctors offices, you can work in a hospital. There are so many opportunities with nursing."
Crowe may have just won LPN of the year, but next year she'll have to go for a different title.
She just graduated from Gulf Coast State College last week as an R.N.