Nursing and Question

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Rebecca Lawson

On the long treasure hunt
There is always that simple and understated question every child is asked sooner or later. “What do you want to be when you grow up?“ Rest assured that sometime in your lifetime you too have heard this simple question. This question, which has plagued me from childhood, echoed through my teen years, and stuck like a thorn in my side as an adult, has struck again. Once upon a time I was a little girl with a handful of hopes and a head full of dreams. I was a child with hundreds of questions and unsatisfied with any answer I was given. I became an avid treasure hunter, hungry to know more, to do more, and to see more. Each day I searched like a pirate on the high seas searching for that infamous treasure, to uncover the answer to this most basic yet complex question. I have learned I am an effortless observer. I enjoy watching people and how they interact with one another. I savor hearing the stories of that neighbor who has beat cancer. I rejoice in reading about the latest breakthroughs in technology. Each day, I hunger for more. Intrigued by the scientific miracles discovered daily, it is no wonder why I have finally discovered an answer to this question. I have chose to become a nurse now that I have grown up. Upon choosing Nursing as my major, I was asked, ‘Why do you want to be a nurse?“ I answer this question with a question, “why would I not want to be a nurse?“ Truth is, my whole life I could never really decide on a what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now at 34, the answer to my childhood question that has played hide and seek with me, finally has been answered. For some the answer is always clear, but for others such as myself , it takes a lifetime of trials and tribulation to find the truth. I want to be a nurse to make a difference. I want to make a difference, to have an impact on the lives I touch, and continue to search for medical answers anyway I can. I have been in...
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