Meet our Nurse of the Week, Melanie Ryan, a critical care nurse whose career caring for young patients in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units encouraged her son to follow in her path, pursuing a nursing degree from Arizona State University (ASU) and a life devoted to helping others.

After coming across Melanie’s story, we were compelled to share her journey in nursing with the DailyNurse community. Like so many others, her path to nursing was not a direct one. She began her education as an engineering student and later changed course in an effort to cope with her sister’s death in a tragic car accident. Rather than let tragedy paralyze her, Melanie chose to use it as a springboard to her path in nursing, and a love for her work has kept her going as she realized that a life devoted to helping others was what she was born to do. It takes a special kind of nurse to care for the most vulnerable patients of all, and a special kind of mother to inspire her son to follow in her footsteps.

Thank you, Melanie, for your inspiring work as a critical care nurse who strives daily to make a difference in the lives of young patients and their families.

To learn more about Melanie’s nursing journey, visit ASU Now.

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