Rebecca Love, the first nurse to give a TEDx talk and the founder of many businesses including HireNurses.com, spoke with us about her inspirations, why she became a nurse and how the support from her mother, who is also a nurse, changed her life and likely the lives of many others. .
We asked Rebecca,
What did it mean for you to be the first nurse featured on TED Talks?"
. "I would say that it was long overdue. It is an incredible honor but it also is just so surprising to me that in the decades of TED Talks and TEDMED that there had never been a nurse featured on the main TED platform.
Many people have recognized the importance and value of nursing but I think that they actually didn’t understand how important nurses were in healthcare. The message that nurses have always been this unsung, natural hero in health care resonated... I’m very passionate about empowering people. I think part of that comes from being a nurse, right? You don’t choose to become a nurse if you don’t want to help other people. I’ve always believed that nurses are the most pure entrepreneurs because we got into this profession to save people’s lives, not to make money. Every day that I went to the bedside and took care of dying patients, it wasn’t because I was getting a paycheck, it was because I wanted to alleviate their suffering.
This transition into trying to empower nurses to have more of a voice so they can drive changes in healthcare comes from the heart of being a nurse, which is: Let me help others because that’s going to help the world overall.
We started a new nursing society around this, actually," - Rebecca Love
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