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Bradenton, Florida -- It's hard to believe that it's been one year since the attacks at the Boston Marathon. For one Bay area woman, it was a day that she'll never forget. Nurse Katie Powers was one of the first people to help aid those wounded by the bombings.

"It was a life changing day for many of us. We found we had an inner courage, we didn't know we had," says Power.

A Manatee Memorial nurse of more than 30 years, Powers doesn't need to see images of the bombing to remember what happened on April 15, 2013.

"A nurse isn't what I do. It's who I am," says Powers.

This picture was taken of Powers who was volunteering as a nurse in the medic tent located at the finish line just before tragedy struck.

"I heard a sound from my stethoscope and took my stethoscope off to tell her there was something wrong with her blood pressure and once I was about to say that, the second bomb went off," says Powers.

Powers says what happened next is still a blur.

"We were a sophisticated first aid tent and now we were going to triage into trauma," says Powers.

The medic tent was now taking care of victims with missing limbs and blood all over.

"I had one nurse tell me, 'I can't do this. I can't do this. I'm a primary nurse.' I said, 'How do you think I feel? I'm a baby nurse. We will do this and we will do this well,' " Powers recalls.

And they did -- aiding victims for the next 2 1/2 hours.

Powers says she became good friends with many others who worked in the tent that day, and that's why she's heading back. Because like the rest of the city, this baby nurse is not weak. She's strong.

"We're not a country that says were backing off, we're a country that's says were facing you," says Powers.

Katie will be busy while she's in Boston. Before the marathon starts on Monday, she was asked to be one of 14 nurses to take part in a mile tribute on Saturday.

SEE ALSO:Boston honors marathon survivors, first responders

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