Me and my nursing career
As a child, a nurse wearing a white uniform and a doctor wearing white coat fascinated me. My cousin was a nurse and often when I visited her, I felt a force pulling me or attracting me to that white uniform. Never realized until I became a nurse that it was not a dream, I was destined to be a nurse. Today we call Florence Nightingale pioneer of nursing and Mother Teresa the epitome of love and compassion (, 2010, p. 1). These women choose to do what was in their heart, the passion to serve the hungry and needy, sick and poor, leper and beggar, weak and in street, embracing them with love and thus showing a unique example for people like me to follow. In India years ago nursing was considered very cheap profession and being a nurse was associated with a stigma. I am proud to be one of many Indian women who were able to defy the norm and courageously follow their heart to become a nurse. Being a nurse meant a lot to me when I became a nurse 23 yrs. ago at the tender age of 21. It was not just a job for me but it meant caring for people in their darkest hour, comforting them when they are most vulnerable, and helping them when they needed most. Today, I feel privileged that I had opportunity that most people don’t to make a difference in people’s life from all walks of life (, 2010, p. 2). When I first became nurse, nursing as a career was not on my mind , my heart was filled with passion to help the sick , but today I see nursing as a career , a job , an opportunity , convenience , and a means to reach out and impact people’s life . Nursing is a job for me to make a living. My husband had stroke couple years ago and at present he is unemployed and nursing has given me an opportunity to have a second job and support my family. Being a nurse not only helps me to save other people’s life, but two years ago when my husband had a stroke, I was present at right place at right time to help him too. Being their helped him to recover completely. I do not work in patient care setting at present but using nursing skills in other ways I help them (Fuimano, p. 1). It gives me immense satisfaction at the end of the day to know that I was able to reach out to somebody in need. When fear of unknown grips patient I am there , When tears roll from their eyes I am there , When they feel pain I am there , When they hear good news I am there , When they hear sad news I am there . In all these life’s most challenging moments nurses are by patients side (, 2010, Para. 2). Nursing presents many opportunities. I believe nursing career is incredible and it prepares an individual to be strong, and they can do anything they put her mind into. In today’s world of nursing they have tremendous opportunity to specialize thus advancing in career. When nurses are asked to identify their core values, they include honesty, responsibility, pursuit of new knowledge, belief in human dignity, equality of all patients and the desire to prevent and alleviate suffering (Gokenbach, 2011, Para. 2) . In today’s day and age nursing Career has many opportunities. The skills that I learned during nursing prepared me for various leadership positions in church. Nursing career has given me immense amount of self-confidence, courage, communication skills, and appreciation about life and growing opportunities. Today a nurse not only has opportunity to work in hospital but as entrepreneurs, CEOs, business, recruiting, and human resources, financial planning, even in politics (Gokenbach, 2011, p. 1). Nursing gave me an opportunity to be an educator. I have conducted medical seminars in church to educate people about poison control and stroke awareness and basic lifesaving skills like CPR. Being a nurse isn’t about grades it’s about who we are ("Being a nurse," 2009, p. 1). We are the people who touch others life and leave a mark. Nursing is challenging, decision making, physically and emotionally exhausting profession but I am glad to be a...
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