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John Hurley

Photo of John HurleyName: John Hurley
Position: Registered Nurse
Organization: Children's Hospital Oakland, Emergency Department

What was your major in college? Nursing

Did you attend a community college? Yes. City College of San Francisco

Did you do an Internship? If so, where? Yes, at San Francisco General Hospital

What are your three greatest strengths? The strengths that have helped me the most are "The Four Cs": Curiosity about life.  Creativity in living.  Commitment to living each day well.  Compassion for life in all its brokenness and wholeness.

What would be your words of wisdom for students in finding their own career path? I think it is helpful to differentiate between the idea of a job and the idea of a meaningful career.  A meaningful career asks more of us, and we can become more as we sense the deeper purpose in our work.  Having a deeper meaning in our work is sometimes defined as the place where the world's great hunger meets the heart's deep gladness.  If we find that place, then our work becomes not just an assignment, but an expression of what is important to us.  It is there that we find true wealth.  Remind yourself often that the most important thing is to keep the most important thing the most important thing.  So my advice to others, as I still advise myself, is to find a real need and imagine how you could be part of the solution.  Then go and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive contribution.  Don't wait until everything is perfect, it never will be.  Just begin with sincerity.  Your education is not just for you, it is also for all those you can be of service to in the future.  Always look for, and call out the best in others.  Always give the best you have.