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Mary Hansen Davis, BSN 2018

April 2, 2023 // Cara Schillinger
Alum Mary Hansen Davis

Neurological Intensive Care Unit Nurse // Oak Point University Alum, BSN 2018 (Resurrection University chapter) // 2022 Calling All #BadassNurses Finalist

Nursing Is a Calling

I want to make sure that everyone wants to become a nurse for the right reason. Some people don’t really realize that there is hardship in being a nurse, and nursing is a calling.

I Tried Nursing at 18 but Changed to Finance

I went to University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas. And I started there actually in the nursing program, and I played basketball there, and after about a year, I realized that nursing was just too hard being an 18-year-old being so far from home. So I decided to switch to finance which, you know, was another career that I felt I could help people, and I got my, what I told people at the time, was my dream job.

“I realized that my biggest regret in life was not sticking with nursing, no matter how hard it was.”

My Family’s Tragedy Was My Calling Back to Nursing

A few months after that, my oldest brother, who was 33 at the time, felt sick one day, we took him to the hospital. He was diagnosed with leukemia, and he, unfortunately, died a week later. That experience of my brother and everything on my family went through, I know what it’s like to be on the other side during that whole week of being in the hospital. I realized that my biggest regret in life was not sticking with nursing, no matter how hard it was. I became a nurse to be there for the patients. I became a nurse to help them when they can’t help themselves and to be a positive light during someone’s worst time of their life.

I Hope My Story Inspires Others

Getting this award for being a badass nurse has been very humbling. I’m really excited to share my story and to inspire people that want to be nurses to go into the field. Anybody that you say is a badass can basically do anything, and what’s more badass than doing anything that puts someone else before themselves.

My name is Mary Hansen Davis, and I’m a badass nurse.

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