The American Nurses Association defines nursing as the "protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations" (ANA, 2015, p.10). Nursing exists to bridge the gap between the clinical and compassionate. They seek to understand the emotions and fears that plague their patients in order to provide the best quality of care. Nurses play a role in utilizing evidenced based practice to ensure optimal health maintenance and health promotion. However, nurses play a deeper role than that. My personal philosophy is that nurses are first and foremost caregivers. Nurses are the ear that patients need when there's no one there to talk to. Nurses are the voices that advocate for the needs of their patients, regardless if they are contrary to one's own personal beliefs. I believe that nurses are here to provide heart into healthcare. Our role is to provide non-discriminatory, culturally competent care that reflects the evidenced based practice of our field in order to ensure health promotion, prevention and maintenance while also providing care with recognition to the complexities of human emotion and experience.