Why I Choose to Be Nurse

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My name is Theresa Dauda, I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba. I was born and raised in the Sierra Leone. Growing up in Africa I have seen a lot of people in various background and I know how life sometimes can be unpredictable. I have been working in a hospital setting as a lab secretary and I know what it means to be sick, but without the experience to render help to the sick, that I always dream of. For me, nursing is more than just a simple career or job; it’s a privilege that measures our values as human beings. Touching the life of others is a treasure that is immeasurable. I chose nursing because this allows me to interact more with people. Nursing is a very powerful profession, it allows you to influence people and touch their lives. I am very willing to achieve this big responsibility. I believe that there is more into nursing than that simple definition “Caring or Nurture”. Being a nurse is a very influential and rewarding profession. Nurses care for people through illness, injury, pain, loss, dying, grieving, birth, growth, aging and health. For me caring for others, teaching patients and families, advocating for the most vulnerable of patients and building relationships with patients, families, and other professionals is truly what makes someone or me a nurse. Also the ability to be present with patients and families at the best and the worst of times is what is important to me. Sometimes you don't have to say a word. Just being there-knowing that it is best not to say anything-listening, holding a patient's hand, crying and laughing and supporting a family member is what is most meaningful to me as a nurse. My journey to decide if I would be able to handle this career began when I start to work at St Amant a center for sick and disable. Even though it was a causal job but it was rewarding to render myself to others who needed me most, because these are not only sick people for a time but for the rest of their...
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