Q&A with K4C Excellence in Nursing Award Recipient Norrie


The Karma for Cara Excellence in Nursing Award was created to honor and recognize the love, support, and compassion nurses give and the sacrifices they make on behalf of their patients. In October 2014, we honored Norrie Rabinowitz-Hirsch of the Kimmel Cancer Center at John Hopkins Hospital.

1. What inspired you to become a nurse?

What inspired me to be a nurse, other than watching Bobbie on General Hospital, was I always wanted to work with people who I could help in some form. When I was a kid, my mom worked in a MD office as the manager and I became friends with the nurses. I admired their compassion and dedication to their patients.

2. What is the most rewarding part about your job?

One of the most rewarding part of my job is I get to meet/care for all different kinds of people. I really like working in a big teaching hospital because there is so much opportunity to grow and learn. I really love the interactions with the whole medical team and how decisions are made.

3. What did receiving the Excellence in Nursing Award mean to you?

Receiving the nursing excellence award was a very humbling experience for me. The award validates my choice to become a nurse and recognizes my compassion, dedication and empathy for my patients and their families.

 4. What message do you want to share to aspiring nurses?

My message to new nurses is that nursing is both hard physically and mentally. However, it so worth every moment. You get to care for all different kinds of people, some you will click to right away, some not so much, but everyone deserves the best you can do. When that patient says to you ” Thank you so much, you really made my stay in the hospital bearable,” then I know this career was the right one for me.