#ItsMyCalling – Nursing Week 2020

April 29, 2020

Some people have always dreamed of becoming a nurse. From a young age, they knew it was their calling to embrace people with a touch of compassion and care. They knew they wanted to help people at the most vulnerable moments in their lives. For others, they didn’t know it was their calling until they experienced just how rewarding the profession of nursing can be. Whatever their anecdote is, nurses have one thing in common – they know nursing is their calling.

To tie in with our Nursing Week theme of Our Calling: Care, Compassion, Comfort, we developed the hashtag: #ItsMyCalling. Our hope is that our members will take to social media to tell the world why they know being a nurse is their calling. Why they know nursing is their passion and why they could not imagine doing anything else.

Nursing can be exhausting and challenging, but it is also an incredibly gratifying and valued profession. Now more than ever, it is important to acknowledge that no matter what the landscape looks like, nurses are dedicated to helping those in need.

“I was meant to help people”

“There are many ups and downs in the profession but hearing the word thank you echoes in your mind forever as a nurse,” said Andrea Cashman, a Registered Nurse (RN) who now works for the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) as a Professional Practice Specialist.

After Andrea submitted a high school biology essay on epilepsy, something her sister has suffered from since she was six years old, her teacher encouraged her to give nursing a try.

“I knew nursing was the right decision for me as I love helping others and I knew it was a stable and valued profession,” explained Andrea. “I was meant to help people – first, my patients and now, both nurses and indirectly, their patients.” In her current role at ONA, Andrea is proud to be an advocate for the brave, selfless nurses in Ontario.

A valued profession

Although Sandy Paproski’s mother was a nurse, she never saw herself following in her mother’s footsteps. After high school, Sandy, who is now an RN and Professional Practice Specialist with ONA, did not know what she wanted to do with her life. She got a job in a nursing home and it was then that she realized what she wanted in life.

“I saw what I really wanted,” explained Sandy. “To be the nurse…to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Nursing may not have been on Sandy’s radar growing up because she was, and still is, very interested in the arts.

“Maybe my love of the arts is actually related to my love of nursing,” she said. “Because nursing is actually a perfection in the art of caring, and maybe, just maybe, that is why it is such a good fit for my life.”

Perfection in the art of caring

Nurses are some of the most courageous, innovative and patient people in our society. They truly have perfected the art of caring – with compassion and comfort. It should come as no surprise they are also the most respected profession to the public.

Let’s take this week to not only acknowledge all the amazing things nurses do, but also acknowledge the struggles and challenging conditions they face and are currently facing.


Why is nursing your calling? We’d love to hear!

There are two ways you can share your story with us:

  1. Use #ItsMyCalling on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share your story with us and all your social media followers.
  2. Send your story to our Front Lines editor, Ruth Featherstone, at frontlines@ona.org.

Andrea Cashman