Jake is a night-shift surgical PCU nurse from San Diego, California. Representing all of the awesome male nurses out there, he starts his day with a bit of inspiration from the ocean breeze and has his eyes focused on applying for graduate school (we are rooting for you!). Read more on Jake’s path to becoming an RN and his favorite Polish holiday traditions.
SEEING PEOPLE COME TOGETHER FOR IMPORTANT CAUSES HAS BEEN INSPIRING. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE TO HEAD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, HEAL AND UNITE OUR COUNTRY.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A NURSE?
My mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was 14. She was in and out of hospitals for just over 11 years. I really believe in paying good deeds forward and I wanted to help other families the same way nurses helped mine.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR FIELD?
I love that it’s never a dull moment on a surgical PCU. You really never know what you’re walking into on any given night. We take care of people post a wide array of surgical procedures. We get anything from necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria), to gun shot wounds, to broken bones etc.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR YEAR, AND WHERE HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST POSITIVE GROWTH?
Seeing people come together for important causes has been super inspiring to me. I can only hope that we continue to head in the right direction, heal, and unite our country.
SINCE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, WE HAVE TO ASK – WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION?
One of my favorite Polish traditions is the sharing of the oplatek (pronounced opwatek) which is the most ancient and beloved of all Polish Christmas traditions. Oplatek is a thin wafer made of flour and water, similar in taste to the hosts that are used for communion during Mass. The Christmas wafer is shared before the Christmas Eve supper and you extend your wishes to the person you are sharing the wafer with. For example, if I’m sharing the wafer with my sister, I’ll wish her success and prosperity for the New Year.