A True Life Hero

A True Life Hero

Ambulance sirens sound throughout the halls, people are rushing around from room to room, and the waiting room is piled up with people. This is how Lori Breaux describes a typical night in the emergency room. “I’ve been doing this for so long now you would think it would feel natural to me, but sometimes I just have to stop and take a deep breath and make sure this is all real”, she explains. Going through nursing school she wondered if it was worth all the stress, but the thought that one day she could be saving peoples’ lives kept her going.

Lori started nursing school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette when she was 18 years old and graduated when she was 22. “It was very difficult at times but well worth it in the end”, she says. She started off working as a home health nurse but she didn’t like all the traveling she had to do. Her aunt was a nurse working in the emergency room so she got together with her and found out what it was like to work in the ER. Three weeks later she got a job working in the emergency room at Abbeville General Hospital.

Lori’s first day working in the hospital was very different than working as a home health nurse. She says, “It was much more fast pace and chaotic than I was used to. I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but my aunt made me promise her that I would try it for at least a month before I decided if I wanted to quit or not.” After her first month there she had a completely different attitude toward her job. She eventually learned to like how there was no down time when she was working, but by the end of every day she wanted nothing more than to just sit down and relax.

Lori says that one of her favorite parts about working in the emergency room is all the people that she gets to meet, and the indescribable joy that you get knowing that you are helping make a difference in the world. “Sometimes when I’m not at work I’ll run into someone who I helped in the emergency room and they will thank me for helping them that one time”, she says.

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