Nurses are independent and collaborative partners in health care. Historically, however, the image of nursing has been entrenched in co-dependence and a perceived victimization within the nursing profession. It is time for nurses of all levels to join together to change this image and accept the responsibility to demonstrate t just their role but also a collaborative vision as leaders in health care. The author, using personal real-life stories, will take you on a self-reflective journey of your own personal leadership development as a nurse. Through this reflective process, you will also begin to understand your connection to the greater profession and your responsibility to those we serve. As nurses we must t waiver on our standards of practice and our code of ethics, and we must strive to educate others in regard to our purpose and everlasting dedication to maintaining our standards of care.