When I tell my friends back home about my typical week living and working in D.C. they all assume it is glitz and glamour and posh parties at embassies. Which on Facebook (where all true reality lives) pretty much looks like the truth.
What no one sees is the behind the scenes action it takes to make things look so ‘effortless’ from snapshot to snapshot.
But I’m getting a little ahead of myself…
The story really starts last Wednesday at the first ever Excellence in Nursing Awards put on by Washingtonian Magazine. The awards ceremony was held at the House of Sweden (a.k.a the Embassy of Sweden) to recognize those nurses and nurse practioners doing exemplary work in their field. The event was an incredibly beautiful and appropriate tribute to those in the nursing community doing great things everyday to better our health services here in the District.
The room was filled with family members, colleagues and supporters of these unsung heroes. I even found myself becoming slightly misty eyed as the awards were given out and the recipients’ stories were told. From HIV/AIDS specialties to diabetes, each individual honored received a roar of applause and warm encouragement from the audience. The energy in the room alone reminded me of the reason why I joined the health and science industry to begin with: to make a difference in a life.