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Year of the Nurse


Trinity River between TR and TREC; photograph by Susan Priest


Tranquility: /ˌtraNGˈkwilədē/ || noun || the quality or state of being tranquil; calm.

Tranquility describes a calmness, a peace, or a lack of civil disturbance. COVID-19 disrupted our tranquility. Or so it seemed. Nurses know and live this absence of tranquility and often experience it daily. We learn not to succumb to the outward chaos surrounding us as we order our thoughts and prioritize then reprioritize our steps. We learn tranquility as the world roars around us. We long for tranquility but are on guard for the next big trouble.

Nurses’ Week 2020 marks the “International Year of the Nurse” as designated by the World Health Organization celebrating Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. She left the comforts of her wealthy upper-crust upbringing in London to use statistics (flatten the curve) and hygiene practices (N-95 masks) to reform troop care in the Crimean War near the Baltic Sea. She advocated for fresh air, sunlight, handwashing, cleanliness, and a healthy diet. She inspired us by warning “how very little can be done under the spirit of fear” and that nurses need to “put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.” She considered God a “fellow worker.” In the spirit of Ms. Nightingale, we celebrate the International Year of the Nurse. “Rather ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world than stand idly on the shore.” We watch and wait for tranquility.

-Dr. Susan Priest, Assistant Dean of Nursing

Tarrant County College Division of Nursing


Juma, N. (2019, May 5). Florence Nightingale quotes on life, communication, and nursing. Everyday Power. Retrieved from

Celebrating our Tarrant County College Nurses




Becoming a Nurse

I had a mixture of reasons for becoming a nurse between my love for nerding out about science and watching surgeries when I was younger, to my desire to be helpful to others. However, my first and primary motivation was that as a teenager, my own mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  When she was going through the death and dying process, the hospice nurses were by my side the entire way and supported me and my family through this very difficult time.  I realized then that a nurse can be a bright and shining light for others on days when things seems hopeless and empty.  It is an honor and a privilege to have the skills and abilities to physically, mentally, and emotionally support patients and their families on their best and worst days.  Nursing is a challenging, complex, and evolving profession.  There are so many opportunities within the nursing profession to find your passion.  I have found mine in nursing education but continue to enjoy working as a bedside nurse in the hospital as well.  I will never stop learning and growing as a nurse, and my job has taught me so many life lessons in patience, gratefulness, and humility. 

-Professor Woodruff

Katheryn Woodruff MSN RN CCRN 
Assistant Professor | Trinity River East Campus


Name: Kacey Gallaway MSN, RN

Speciality: ER

The reason I love nursing/ why I got into it: I love that I get to come in on someone's worst day. They may have just had a car accident, maybe they were just diagnosed with cancer, or maybe just in incredible pain. I see the best and the worst of people. I get to come into that chaos/ that mess, and I get to make it just a tiny bit better. That tiny bit I did for that patient, that makes all the difference to that patient. I get to take something horrible & painful and make it a little less horrible & painful. 


-Kacey Gallaway MSN, RN

TCC Adjunct Nursing Clinical Instructor



I chose to become a nurse so I can help people. My mother was a nurse, and when we grew up, I was able to see how she helped pregnant women and others who were sick. I always noticed how she was able to manage family and her career, how she helped people in the community, in our family and neighborhood.

During this pandemic in 2020, I am helping students through online simulations, Google Hangout, Zoom, and Blackboard Collaborate. At the hospital, I help nurses from different backgrounds transition to work bedside on medical surgical floors, teaching them skills and keeping them informed of new changes.

-Jiji Andrews MSN, R.N. PCCN, CMSRN


This is my story.


I chose nursing as my career path because I was emotionally touched by the care I received from nurses when I was hospitalized for three months. I was seven years old when I had a car accident in front of my house. I still remember how painful that experience was and how alone I felt. I do not remember doctors, but I still remember nurses and physical therapists.  No matter how long it has been, patients often remember their nurse.  They may or may not remember the nurse’s name, but they remember if the nurse was kind and compassionate. The most rewarding thing about being a nurse is making a difference in the lives of others. I hope that patients I took care of in the past still remember me.  


-Tetsuya Umebayashi, DNP, RN

Dean of Nursing | Division of Nursing