Nick Smith works in the emergency department of CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck and says he enjoys the unit’s fast pace, as well as the life-or-death situations.

“Some people go to school to be a nurse. I went to school to be an emergency/trauma nurse,” Smith said, noting he’s very calm under pressure. “I just really enjoy that aspect of people teetering on the edge and me being able to do what I know how to do — what I’ve been trained to do … I love my job and I think that’s, maybe, what shines through sometimes.”

The Lincoln resident was born in Maryland and grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He attended school to become a firefighter, at one point, but was unable to secure employment due to a poor economy, he said. Smith, instead, began working in Napoleon for a gentleman who owned a crop dusting business.

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