Share Your Why

You're why

Before, during or after—you’re why surgeons, anesthesiologists and everyone in between can do what they do best. You’re why patients feel safe in the OR. At 3M, we’re diving deep into the reasons that keep you centered in care.

We want to know why your work gives you purpose. We're excited to share your inspiring origin.

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    We're happy to partner with AORN to help share your stories.

    • The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) was founded in 1949 to establish a national community for operating room nurses who sought to share best practices for patients undergoing surgery. AORN unites and empowers perioperative nurses, healthcare organizations and industry partners to support safe surgery.


Stories and Inspiration

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    What nurses are saying

    Whether it’s holding a patient’s hand in the operating room or the rewarding feeling you get at the end of the day, the reason for all that you do is just as important as what you do. So, when it comes to providing such needed care, what’s your why?

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    JoAngela's why

    “I was meant to be a nurse. Being a part of that patient’s journey through that healing process, it just gives me such gratification, and that’s why I show up every day. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

    JoAngela A.
    28 years as a nurse

  • “…Caring for people as a whole physically, emotionally, spiritually and respecting their diverse beliefs & values is my Why.”

    Susan G.
    38 years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • “…I knew I wanted to work in the OR and be part of a team that improves the lives of patients when they are most vulnerable.”

    Tara W.
    25 years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • “…Being a nurse and a leader, I have learned humility, compassion, empathy. I believe nursing has made me a better human and I continue to grow each day.”

    Margaret L.
    37 years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • “...I became an OR nurse at 22 at a large teaching hospital and trauma center. I helped people when they were at their most vulnerable, and tested my knowledge and skills every day for patients. I was in my happy place.”

    Lisa L.
    16 years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • “I had a calling. It's our passion. It's our drive to do right by our patients and always provide optimal patient care.”

    Michael R.
    12 years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • “A friend of mine when I was in 12th grade had an accident. And I visited him at the hospital, and I was just so impressed with the way nurses cared for him. And I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be able to help patients.’”

    Cathleen F.
    35 years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • I was in the army, there was a nursing shortage. They said ‘who wants to go to nursing school?’ and I said ‘I do.’ I’m one of those people that have never worked a day in my life because I love what I do."

    Jill G.
    30 + years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • “You never know when you come into the O.R. what you might see. There’s no simple surgery. There is nothing that’s always, always the same. It’s just exciting. Challenging, but exciting.”

    Aretha B.
    30 years in OR environment

    Dec 1, 1901
  • “The most exciting opportunity for me is getting to work with such brilliant minds and just share our thoughts and work as one.”

    Marc E.
    10 + years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901
  • I am with people for the worst five minutes of their life, right before they go to sleep, and I know they feel better because I’m there holding their hand.”

    Sara B.
    6 years as a nurse

    Dec 1, 1901

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Share your why

We want to share your stories of success, growth and understanding.
We want to know why your work gives you purpose.

When it comes to providing such needed care, what’s your why?


We're here for you with training and education

  • We know that on top of all your day-to-day work, you also have to find time to stay up on your licenses and certifications. To help lighten your load, we’ve created a centralized hub of trainings, resources and educational courses.

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Bring your best. Every patient. Every time.

We understand you're balancing many priorities including patient and staff respiratory protection, inventory and staffing challenges, and managing patient flow. Treating every patient with the highest level of care is more important now than ever.