Sirena Hughes, NSNA winner, is currently enrolled in the Nurse Anesthesia program at Villanova University. After getting her BSN she worked in a Pediatrics Intensive Care unit at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. It was here that she was inspired to consider a career in anesthesiology by the understanding and innovative way an anesthesiologist calmed the fears of a young patient. She will pursue a DNP and hopes – in the near future – to become an educator, teaching students in a clinical setting. Her love of ‘taking care of others’ combined with her love to travel may – in the future – lead her to another goal, that of medical mission work as part of a surgical team working in a third world country.