Personal Narrative- My Experiences as an Operating Room Nurse in the Air Force

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During my childhood, I would watch war movies with my father and he would tell me stores about his military experiences. His stories not only made me curious about the military, they also instilled a sense of patriotism in me and a desire to make a difference in our country and the world. These stories were not always positive reflections, nor glamorous tales of military life. What they did convey to me is his regret of leaving the military and that is what intrigued me even further to join the Air Force. In this paper I will talk about why I joined the Air Force, my most important Air Force experiences, duties and responsibilities as an operating room nurse, and how I contribute at the individual level and how that affects the overall Air Force mission at the operational level. Shortly before graduating high school I began talking to a recruiter and from our discussions developed further reasons for wanting to join the Air Force. I wanted to have a specific purpose, not just a job. I wanted to belong to something bigger. Joining the Air Force gave my life direction, purpose, and motivation to achieve my goals. Once I was in the military I began to work towards my goal and eventually obtained my Bachelors Degree in nursing. I began working as an operating room nurse and was soon deployed to Iraq. As an operating room nurse I was responsible for taking patients through the entire perioperative experience, from initial injury to procedure recovery. Just 2 days after I arrived in Iraq our base was attacked. I will never forget that evening. As I opened the door to leave the hospital I heard a huge boom and three seconds later a cloud of dust and debris were at the entrance. I quickly closed the door and we all scra... ... middle of paper ... ... only our wounded warriors but also our active duty, National Guard, reserves, dependents, and DOD civilians. Taking care of these individuals on a daily basis contributes to the medical readiness of our military community. Without the contribution of the medical force there would be less people readily available to deploy and more lives lost due to extensive battle injuries. In conclusion, I have discussed why I chose to join the Air Force and how my values and life experiences influenced my decision. I described my duties and responsibilities that I perform as an operating room nurse in the Air Force. Finally, I explained how my duties as an individual and as a medical team contribute to the overall mission of the Air Force at the operational level to achieve medical readiness and quality, accessible health care for the entire military community and family.

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