In honor of National Nursing Week, which concludes this year on May 12, many nurses are being recognized for their efforts and the sacrifices that they make daily for their profession and patients. For one nurse, the struggles she takes on day-to-day really hit close to home not only because she cares about her patients, but because twenty-eight years ago, she was one of them.
In the exact same hospital where she was once a tiny patient, Ashley Moore works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), caring for infants born prematurely or with issues requiring medical assistance. Working in the same place where she spent the first two months of her life, Ashley couldn't dream of a better job. "God is really bringing me full circle and I'm able to come back at the exact place that I started," she says in an interview with WJLA.
Twenty-eight years ago, Ashley was born weighing just over 1-pound and doctors and nurses questioned her chance at survival but never gave up on her. Because of their determination to help her live, after two months in the Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC, Ashley was released and allowed to go home to grow into the adult she is today.
Now working in the short stay unit at the Children's National Hospital, Ashley Moore says she has connected with each and every family that she has met. It is because of those bonds that she has developed with the babies, parents and the rest of their families that Ashley has the purpose and determination to continue doing the best job she can. "I love the fact that I get to give back and just be a help to them," Moore tells WJLA.
To Ashley Moore, the babies she works with are more than just patients. In addition to her daily nursing duties in caring for the infants, Ashley works hard to instill hope in the parents and other family members because, for anyone who has ever had a baby in the NICU, hope is a very important thing to have during that difficult time. It is because of nurses such as Ashley Moore, who save lives while supporting families in the process, that patients and family members feel that they are important and cared for. Being a nurse at the same hospital that saved her means so much to Ashley who is grateful that she gets to be a part of the very essence of her existence.