Become a Nurse

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Lucia Davies Fadiga
5707 Westgate Road
Lanham, MD 20706

Why I Want To Be A Nurse

Growing up in a third world country, Sierra Leone on the extreme west coast of Africa where the standard of education isn’t as good as the western world, especially in the healthcare field, I can remember my father asking my brothers things like what do they want to be when they grow up? What do they want to study in college? As a child I would give a quick answer; like I want to be a bus driver, a restaurant owner, or a clothe designer. My brothers would say things like they wanted to become a lawyer, a doctor, a politician or an engineer. As a teenager my answer varied each and every year from wanting to be a social worker or a teacher. I never recall wanting to become a nurse. I have been told so many stories by my aunt who helped raised me up that I was actually turned off from ever wanting to become a nurse. Then I had an experience that changed my mind, my future and what I will be doing for the rest of my life. My aunt has been an adult critical care nurse for years, and have gone to work with her on several occasions and have seen first hand how challenging and physically demanding a career in nursing can be. She has also told me some of the horror stories she had experienced. Hearing all those experiences dealing with delusional patient with dementia, avoiding a full urinal thrown by an out of control withdraw patient, working with a psychiatric patient who keeps telling her that I look just like her niece, keeping in mind that she has been institutionalized for attempting to kill herself, having to change an incontinent patient with severe sacral decubitus. These experiences were enough to turn someone away from ever thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare. And that’s what I love doing; being affectionate, compassionate, empathy, you name it…. I have always felt a deep desire to help people whenever they needed it, and would stop at no end to help them....
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