I have been thrown into situations where I thought I could not handle it, but was able to put all my nerves aside when a BSN nurse who shared some of her knowledge with me mentored me. I cannot say I am completely confident that I know everything a BSN nurse knows, but I have had the pleasure of learning what I did not learn in school in the hospitals. I am even more excited now knowing that I can further my education and learn more ways to help each one of my patients. I am a Nurse Manager and hope that one of the outcomes of me continuing my education will be a higher position as a Director of Nursing. I would then be able to help the nurses who have not completed their bachelors with any medical issues that may arise and they do not know how to handle, any patient or family problems one may be having, and educate them enough to think like a BSN nurse.
After talking to my grandma, a retired registered nurse, I found that this could be a possible career choice. One of the things she loved most about her job was being able to get to know the patients personally. Nurse anesthetists are able to develop a relationship with their patients, but they don't have to do the dirty work like bathing patients and changing their bed pans. Another reason becoming a nurse anesthetist appealed to me is because I like to challenge myself. The classes are tough and several years of school are required.
Part of our job as a nurse is to protect patient confidentiality. I had a friend who was very sick and was hospitalized on my mom’s floor for several days and when I saw that friend out one day, she asked me why I hadn’t come to visit her in the hospital, she said my mom had taken care of her. When I told her that I didn’t know that she had been hospitalized, she was very surprised and said that she just assumed my mom would tell me that she was there. My mom showed integrity in upholding patient confidentiality when my childhood best friend was very sick, she didn’t even tell me that she was there when I specifically
Having all the book smarts in the world is nothing if I don’t know how to put the books into action. Potential employers and potential patients need to know that I can not only recite a procedure but perform the procedure too. Family members are almost always present in patient’s rooms; they will always ask questions about what is being done to their loved ones. I need to be confident in my abilities to let them know that I can get the job done and done right. I am a certified nursing assistant and I have experience in the medical field.
Whenever I put a smile on each of my patient’s face including their family members then, I know that I did a good job that day. Though, some patients and family members are difficult to satisfy. With those kind of patients, I do a self-evaluation. I also re-evaluate my plan of care to give these patients the kind of care they deserve. My personal philosophy stems from the values and beliefs instilled in me by my parents and from the ethics learned in nursing school.
These next two years are all about preparation. My education as a nursing student is not simply about knowledge and skill, but also about growth within my attitude and professionalism. If I have all the nursing knowledge and skill in the world, but have a poor attitude and reflect poor professional values, then I truly cannot be a great nurse. That is why these professionalism concepts are such a vital aspect of my education as a nursing student, because without them, I cannot be a great nurse. A great nurse is one who has high knowledge and skill levels, but also utilizes professionalism in his or her interactions with patients, patient’s families, and other healthcare providers.
No one wanted to face the fact the she had to go through this. As my sister and I told my grandma, “good luck” and reassured her everything would be okay, we all new how dangerous this surgery was. My grandmother was operated on in Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the doctor said she would be fine, but as time went on we found out that she wasn’t going to be fine. The day of the surgery, I came home from school to hear that something had happened during surgery. The doctor told my family that my grandmother had become septic which forced a second surgery and a move to the intensive care unit (ICU) for three weeks, where she had to be put on life support.
I can compare the professional values of caring to me wanting to pursue a BSN by making the patient a priority. Advancing my education helps me to care for my patients in a better way because I am learning new ways to promote health and wellness by using evidence-based practice. I also wanted to pursue a BSN because I knew it would help advance my critical thinking skills as a nurse. Critically thinking and working as a team are extremely important when caring for patients. The care that I provide creates lasting and trusting relationships with patients that they will never
For two years, now, I have put my personal life on hold to complete my associates in nursing. It wasn’t an easy decision for me, as I had never previously thought of myself as a nurse. A caretaker, maybe, but a nurse-someone who cares for the extremely ill and nurtures them back to health with compassion and love- that was too advanced for me. I decided to become a nurse only a few months before applying to college. I chose this profession because I have a real heart and passion for people.
Nurses: they are one of a kind. In times of considerable hardships from school, I remind myself why I want to be a nurse as my motivation. In middle school, I chose nursing as my career path for various reasons. First and foremost, to me, there is no better feeling than the one that comes from helping another human being. I strongly believe that being helpful is my best quality and I often go out of my way to help anyone in need.