22 SEPTEMBER 2010
Why I Want to be a Nurse
In the short time my mother was alive, she had such an amazing influence on my life. She taught me so much about care and compassion and what being a nurse was all about. She believed that nursing was a profession that you must feel in your heart. It was her way of giving back to the community as well as doing something she truly loved. Though becoming a nurse was not always in my mindset, I know that deep down that is truly the career choice for me. It was growing up with such and incredible role model that has made me who I am today.
My mother had the thought for other people; everyone came before herself. She was a nurse at Crestwood Hospital for twenty years. I used to wonder what made her want to get up and work all those long hours. Though when I asked her she didn’t have to explain, the look in her eyes was the same as looking into her heart; she had the compassion for people. She was dedicated to her job; she worked long hours but she never had a complaint.
As a teenager I spent my weekends going to work with her. I enjoyed learning new things and seeing exactly what a good nurse was all about. She taught me life lessons throughout those weekends. I learned what it meant to have compassion for others and how just one caring heart can make all the difference in the world. I can remember when my mother was first diagnosed with cancer, I was devastated. I couldn’t possibly understand what her life was going to be like. She was the head nurse on the cancer floor; now she would be a patient there as well. I worried about how she would cope with being a patient. I should have never worried; she took it open heartedly. She worked as much as she could, even when I didn’t think that she should. That is who she was though, the caretaker. She never got discouraged, even in the wee hours. She had faith that you would not believe, words could not explain. Seeing her in this light was...