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Pratima Karki, RN, BSN


Pratima Karki has twelve years of nursing experience and is a Clinical Nurse, working as a floor nurse in the Med/Surg/Tele unit.

Who (or what) inspired you to become a nurse?
My inspiration to become a nurse stemmed from a deep sense of humanity and empathy. From a young age, I was moved by the idea of being able to help others in their times of greatest need. Seeing the positive impact that compassionate care could have on someone's life motivated me to pursue nursing. I believe that at the core of nursing is a commitment to caring for others with kindness and understanding, which has always been a guiding principle for me in my career.

What inspires you most about being a nurse?
The most inspiring aspect of being a nurse is the profound impact I can have on individuals' lives during their most vulnerable moments. It's about being there for people not just as a caregiver but as a confidant, advocate, and source of comfort. The opportunity to make a tangible difference every single day is what truly inspires.

Share a nursing experience that stands out to you - when you learned something about yourself, or about being a nurse, that was meaningful to you.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, I was working in a hospital that quickly became overwhelmed with critically ill patients. Despite the chaos, high stress, very limited resources, and uncertainty due to the lack of specific guidelines about precautions, our team worked tirelessly to provide the best care possible. I learned a lot about resilience, adaptability, and the power of teamwork. This experience showed me that, even in the face of unprecedented challenges, the nursing profession is built on a foundation of dedication, compassion, and strength. Witnessing the bravery and commitment of my colleagues was incredibly inspiring and reinforced my passion for nursing. It was a profound reminder of why I chose this career and the impact we can have on the lives of others, especially during the most challenging times.

What do you wish people outside of the nursing profession knew about nursing? 
Nursing is more than a job; it's a multifaceted profession that requires critical thinking, emotional resilience, and a relentless dedication to patient advocacy. Nurses are not just caregivers but key players in the healthcare decision-making process.

Share a useful tip(s) you use to inspire/engage patients, colleagues, or students.
Embarking on a career as a nurse, especially as one internationally trained in Nepal and now practicing in the United States, began with numerous challenges, such as language barriers, cultural differences, advanced technology and many more . However, consistent hard work and determination have paved the way to success. This journey has been unique and enriching, filled with moments of inspiration, learning, and self-discovery.

What motivates you to participate in the NC Nurses Association?
The opportunity to connect with and learn from a diverse group of nursing professionals, and to contribute to shaping the future of healthcare policy and practice, motivated me for participation. It's about being part of a larger community dedicated to advancing the profession and ensuring quality care for all.

Do you have a favorite quote, cartoon or image about nursing to share?
A favorite quote of mine that resonates is by Maya Angelou:

"They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel."

It beautifully encapsulates the essence of nursing—leaving a lasting impact through compassion and care.

Pratima's Advice for a New Nurse: Embrace every experience as a learning opportunity, including the challenging ones. Nursing is as much about growing personally as it is professionally. Stay curious, ask questions, and remember that it's okay not to know everything. Lean on your colleagues—they're your greatest resource.

NCNA thanks you for being a part of our community and for your passion for nursing, Pratima!


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