I am a nursing student and I am a proud volunteer for Stand Up for the Cure. I feel that it is not enough that I learn theories and concepts inside the classroom.  It is important that students are given the chance to experience first-hand what happens in different healthcare settings and being around breast cancer patients has helped me understand so much about my vocation as a nurse.  This year, I was assigned as a volunteer at a local hospital in our community.  I was able to use what I have learned in the classroom in promoting health and preventing illness of the patients by collaborating with members of the hospital’s healthcare team. We all work hard to ensure that our breast cancer patients are given the best medical care possible and that health professionals attend to their concerns until they achieve functional independence in doing their basic activities in their daily lives.  Safety of the patients is also a priority.  I was excited to do the job.  I wanted to apply what I learned in the classroom to the real environment of healthcare settings.  I made sure that I was prepared each time I reported to the hospital.  I followed the doctor’s advice and made sure I did all the tasks she assigned me to do.  I was careful and asked for assistance whenever I needed it.  I wanted to prove to everyone that I was up for the challenge. But most of all, I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of these women suffering from breast cancer. I conducted regular monitoring of the vital signs of the patients in the ward and I diligently recorded them in the charts. I know that through this small act, I am able to accompany them on their journey to recovery and wellness. And that is one of the best feelings in the world. – John A. of  California