Creating a Personal Story
Everyone has a story. When I was fourteen, my mother told me how the nurses gently cared for my great grandfather after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The nurses’ care allowed him an additional eleven years with his family. Beginning on my sixteenth birthday I would witness my grandmother praise the nurses each time they helped her recover from her yearly brain tumor removals. When I turned eighteen, an alumnus from my high school came to share the steps she took in achieving a nursing career, affirming it was the best decision that she had ever made. At twenty-three, I watched closely as ICU nurses cared for a close friend, who was in a coma, as if they had known her for her entire life. Now at thirty years old, I regularly bear witness to nurses performing miracles as they advocate for patients with acute cancers. I often find myself in awe of their work and eager to get to that place in my own career. I am finally at a place in my life where I feel really ready to create my own story. I have been working towards a career in nursing for nearly a decade. As an undergraduate at San Jose State I concentrated on gaining a better understanding of public health. Through both local community and global initiatives, I have gained experience in needs assessment, program planning and implementation for communities that require additional tools in order to overcome personal crises. Now, I would like to fuse all of these experiences into one by using my previously acquired education to evaluate the efficacy and efficiency of patient healthcare. I have chosen a career in nursing because I feel it is a natural extension of myself to heal and nurture. It is a field in which my background in healthcare, my fascination with science, and my commitment to helping others will coalesce. I knew I wanted to be a nurse at a very young age. Given that I have always loved learning about the human body and caring for others, my...
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