Nursing Reflective Essay

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During a two week mission trip to Trujillo, Peru I volunteered in a medical clinic. My life purpose; becoming a nurse, was revealed to me while comforting children with distended abdomens due to malnutrition and contaminated water, as well as elders with crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis. This heartbreaking experience, gave me a cultured view of global healthcare needs. My goal as a nurse is to bring joy and comfort to patients. A girl from my highschool was diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma at age 14 and throughout her treatment, she spoke so highly of the nurses that made an impact in her short life. I wish to provide this kind of meaningful compassion to a patient one day.

I currently volunteer at the UA Campus Health Walk-in Clinic and it has opened my heart and mind to the world of nursing. My duties involve patient interaction, shadowing health care
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This December I will complete my minor in Public Health which has provided me with knowledge of healthcare needs in the community, and ideas on how to innovate and improve healthcare systems. My public health training and faith in christianity have given me confidence in my ability to make moral and ethical decisions in life, research, and professional settings. In addition, I currently work in the College of Public Health, which has taught me professionalism, responsibility, and communication in a fast paced work environment.

My compassion, interest in the human body, and love for science and medicine, compel me to become a registered nurse first assistant. I am confident and secure in my decision to enter the field of nursing and I am prepared to embrace the challenges that come with such a demanding career. Despite any obstacles I may have to overcome to achieve my goals, I refuse to give up on this dream. I look forward to the personal and academic challenges

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