Now that I have overcome the FEAR of my first blog post (smile), I have began to contemplate the mission or purpose of my blog. I will obviously be utilizing it to share information about real estate, lifestyle topics and Philadelphia. However, more importantly, I would like to give my web viewers and potential clients more insight about me as a person. One of the most frequent questions that I am asked by new or prospective clients is how and/or why did I make the transition from a career in nursing to a career in real estate. My answer is quite simple. Although the skill sets and "products" are different, in order to be successful in both professions, you have to have the ability to establish trusting relationships with others. On any given day as a nurse, I could meet five different patients with five different personalitites and within an 8 -12 hour period, I would have to gain their trust in order  to care for them and help them attain their goal of improved health. Nurses have to be organized, effective communicators and possess the ability to serve as advocates and the ability to support people through stressful times. My experience in real estate is very similiar. In order to establish a successful outcome with my clients (buyers or sellers), they have to trust that I am knowledgeable, that I have their best interest and that I am committed to helping them achieve their real estate goals. So to me the essence of the two professions is the same. Having this perspective made the transition very easy for me. Nurses make great Realtors! A recent Gallop poll revealed that 80% of the participants viewed nurses as honest and ethical and only 8-12% viewed salespeople as possessing the same characteristics. Being a nurse provides me with a competitive edge over my competition! And in the rare instance that we encounter an unexpected medical emergency while househunting (it has happened by the way!), I am your girl! (smile)