February 15, 2013
As the end of my high school education draws near, I contemplate what I will do with my future. I have always been told to do what you enjoy and make a living out of it. Four years ago, I set out with this bit of advice, trying to find out what it is I like to do. After participating in clinical education in different health care settings, I realized that my interests lay in nursing.
My short-term career goals consist of successfully passing the certified nurse assistant state exam this May, and through online training, becoming a patient care technician. Next, I will get a part-time position as a patient care technician in one of Texas Health Resources’ competitive hospitals while gaining an associate’s degree in nursing at a local and affordable college, such as Tarrant County College. While obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing, I will continue to work as a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit to develop my skills necessary to achieve my long-term goals. I will develop my understanding of how to apply technical, theoretical, and academic knowledge to practical problems. I will also hope to build a networking relationship across Texas Health Resources’ organization of health care professionals. Because I am paying for my college education on my own, getting my nursing degree at a community college is my only option, though my long-term goals are not restrained by this circumstance. My ultimate goal is to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist and continue to be employed in one of Texas Health Resources’ innovative hospitals. To achieve this goal I will gain experience by working as a nurse and I hope to further my education at one of Texas’ top accredited nurse anesthesia programs such as the ones at Texas Christian University, Baylor University, or University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center. With this master’s degree under my belt, I will pass the...