Tina Battaglia

May 2013
Class of 2013


I believe this about nursing, the profession calls upon you, when you least expect it and it endears you to make community, your family.

So this is how my road to nursing unfolded.
After graduating college I went on to become a television reporter. I enjoyed working and taking on unexpected events where quick critical thinking was needed. It was during this chapter of my life that I learned even more about myself. In my news career, if I am truthful, I wanted to “help and aid” not tell the story. I wanted to care for the victim of an accident or shooting until medics arrived on the scene; however, in accordance with my job title and description, I was there to report. I will never forgot my experiences with injury and, sometimes, even death, and how I felt my purpose was really to have been the nurse rather than the reporter. Those were the quiet moments of my calling.
I eventually left news and focused on lighter television work such as commercials and night time dramas playing small roles until I met my husband. It was at this time that I felt it was time to create and grow my own family. However, being a full time “around the clock mother” could not satisfy all aspects of who I am. I came to realize that, for my personal growth, I needed to have my individual sense of purpose and have a profession in which I respected and admired. I had to change my course and accept my calling. Can I say, there was no knock at my door but more like bells ringing wildly! I heard the calling this time and could not ignore its loud tug on my heart. I was now on the journey to becoming a nurse. I began this new career path three months after my second baby was born. And I will admit that it wasn’t easy. Sometimes I felt very guilty; however, I knew this short-term commitment would lend to a long life of feeling fulfilled. I also knew this career choice would allow me to set an example for my children. I hope they not only see a nurse who cares for and nurtures others but that they see their mother as an educator and advocator for better healthcare among the community. When I was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholarship, might I add, I am still in a state of glee, I knew it was one more sign that this was definitely the right choice for me. Yet, I do believe in order to fulfill this role as a nurse I must not forget the Florence Nightingale pledge “to devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care”. Ideally, I believe this about nursing…to always listen to your heart, it serves you best and to give back to your community wholeheartedly remembering your community is essentially your family.