Why I Care: Nurse Kristine Hafner
Watch Nurse Kristine Hafner share her story and passion for being a pediatric ICU nurse and taking care of her patients and their families.
[UPBEAT MUSIC] I love taking care of people.
I helped take care of some special needs kids when I was younger. And I was in the hospital with them a lot. And I saw the compassion and, sometimes,
not-so-much compassion that were shown to them. And I knew that I wanted to give back to the world in some way on a larger scale.
My mom was a teacher for special needs kids. And I became the babysitter for a lot of these families. And I was hanging out with the Down Syndrome
kid or the three-year-old with a feeding tube. And that's what I was raised around. There's a lot of burden with being a pediatric ICU nurse.
Pediatric traumas are definitely difficult because you know that nobody's immune to these situations.
Anybody can get hit by a drunk driver, unfortunately.
I definitely get very close with my families. And then once you earn their trust, you are family to them. And you get invited to birthday parties.
And you get to see them grow outside of the hospital. And it's very rewarding. To take care of myself, honestly, I just
love hugs from my children. And I know that sounds cheesy. Those hugs, they kind of just erase the, sometimes, the sadness away from the day.
And I try to just be grateful for what I come home to every day.
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