Celebrating National Nurses Week

Why I Chose Nursing

Guest post by Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN Associate Dean, Undergraduate Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Seattle Pacific University

When I was in High School, I volunteered as a Candy Striper in the hospital. During my time as a Candy Striper, I was mesmerized by the role of the nurse and how they provided care at the patient’s bedside. I was constantly observing nurses and doctors on the unit and knew in my gut that Nursing was my calling.

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Antiwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN

Over the years, many people have asked me why I did not become a doctor and I always tell them that I was called to be a nurse. I chose nursing because of the diversity of roles, experiences, and settings available to the profession of nursing.

As a nurse, one is taking care of vulnerable populations and delivering care with the three C’s —Caring, Compassion, and Competence. Not only are nurses providing the 3 C’s but they also do this in a multitude of settings and roles.

In my nursing career, I have served at the bedside as an Oncology Nurse, been an Assistant Head Nurse, Pheresis Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Public Health Services Supervisor, Disease-Base State Manager, Corporate Educator, Nurse Educator, Home Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Home Health Nurse Manager, Nursing Program Director, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing.

Overall, nursing has been my life’s work and I love the nursing profession and my colleagues. Nurses make a difference every day no matter where they choose to serve and that is why I chose nursing.



Welcome to Public Health-Seattle & King County Office of Nursing

Dorene Hersh, Chief of Nursing

Dorene Hersh, Chief of Nursing

Welcome to the Nursing Office blog!  This is a safe space created to celebrate the art of public health nursing. It’s written by members of the Nursing Office Team at Public Health – Seattle & King County, with contributions from the many experts in our field. We’ll be highlighting stories of nurses who work in public health, nursing students entering their careers, and everything in between. There are dozens of opportunities to use your nursing knowledge, in and out of direct patient care. Learn how other nurses are making a difference in our community. Searching for a new employment opportunity at Public Health?  We will feature opportunities to join the Public Health team. Want to see what a day in the life of a Public Health nurse looks like? Check us out! We hope to connect nurses to nurses! Our goal is to leave you inspired and proud to be a nurse, proud to be a nurse who works for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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