The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing
In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
N 3645 Transition to Professional Nursing Part A
Jeanean Boyd, Ph. D., MSN, RN
January 29, 2012
My Decision To Become A Nurse I have been a nurse for over twenty years, first as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) then as an Associate Degree Nurse (ADN). In this paper I will discuss why I became a nurse, what the essence of nursing means to me, my beliefs, my values and finally my future goals as a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelors of Nursing Degree (BSN).
Even though, I went into nursing looking for a quick career, I did develop a nursing philosophy. It is a philosophy of caring, and one that I am proud to say I still embrace today.
“The profession’s values give direction and meaning to its members, guide nursing behaviors, are instrumental in clinical decision making, and influence how nurses think about themselves” (Killeen, 2007, p. 58).
Choice of Nursing
My Grandmother was an LVN and the Director of Nursing of a local nursing home, my mother is a Respiratory Therapist. I have been raised around the nursing profession most of my life. When I was younger, I spent a great deal of time with my Grandmother at the nursing home. You could pretty much say that I grew up there. I always enjoyed spending time, talking, playing games, and making crafts with the residents that lived there. My mother was employed by the local hospital and from time to time I would go to visit her at work.
Being exposed to hospitals and nursing homes was not the driving reason I chose nursing. After I graduated high school at seventeen years of age, I knew I did not want to spend years in college. I wanted a career that you could make a decent wage, had longevity as well as opportunities for growth and advancement. The LVN program was one year, and didn’t require any prerequisites before you
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