How I Became a Nurse
Even at a young age, I had an extreme fascination for human science. Schemes’ surrounding the human body and its components is a subject I really enjoy. I love people and always wanted to help. I sought to become a nurse with the belief that making a career out of my passion will nurture my urge to continue learning about the human body. With the continuing developments in technology, the healthcare industry will need to adjust to new nursing practices, treatments, and care. The idea that I could be in the midst of such an evolution, was extremely appealing to me. With technology advances and my passion to help people, nursing to me will be a challenging yet rewarding career.
Twelve years ago, I was thrilled to start a full time program to obtain my License as a Practical Nurse. At the time, I underestimated the demands of the program and thought I could succeed while juggling a demanding full time job and my family obligations as a mother of two toddlers. I was unable to complete the program due to this situation. Today, I am cleared of most of these obligations that previously prevented me from completing the program. I strongly believe that my life and work experience will be a valuable asset that will help succeed.
I have worked as Customer Service Manager where I assisted the clientele; managed employees as well as the company financial services. In that position, I learned how to be an active listener, a reliable employee that always have employees and customers interest at heart. My success in this managerial role required being open to new ideas, suggestions and feedback and being a team player. On a regular basis, I received directions from senior management and I worked collaboratively with my peers, which helped me complete my daily tasks concisely and accurately in a timely manner. My communication and interpersonal skills helped me overcome all customers’ challenges.
I learned how to stay composed as well as focused to provide quality services to irritated customers and I developed critical thinking skills through problems solving. All these acquired skills will be extremely helpful in the health care industry where communications and customer service are paramount. The ability to listen, understand, and find the right treatments for patient is a critical part of being a good nurse.
As a compassionate person, I take pleasure in caring for people. My experience as a caregiver will play an important role in helping patients heal and regain their independence. Since January of 2013, I have being caring for a patient with stroke. I assisted her from the hospital and helped her recuperate at home. As of today, I am still providing her with restorative care. At the hospital, I was given the right by the patient to discuss all of her care and treatment plan with her caregivers. I serve as a liaison between her and her family who lived abroad.
I recorded every detail related to the patient’s health, her care plan, and her own concerns and reported them to her immediate family. At times, the client and family come to view me as part of the family rather than someone who provides care. I have gained a sense of achievement and deep satisfaction for the care I am providing. As of today, she is able to ambulate independently, using cane. It is really a humbling yet gratifying experience to bring a smile to someone’s face when that person had lost hope because of an illness.
As a result of this experience, I decided to leave my customer service job and return to my all-time passion which is nursing. To be well prepared, I took the Home Health Aide and Nursing Assistant Training at The American Red Cross in Boston. I was fortunate to attend the General Hospital Institute information session and decided to follow my passion to care for people as a professional nurse. I remember when I was at the information session; one of the speakers, an alumni student, shared her career experience with us after completion of the BSN program and passed her board at first attempt.
She felt proud that people have trusted her to find solutions for diseases, delivery of babies, and treatment of children. Her story and experience inspired me to wanting to do the same; that is changing people lives and helping them get better. I have the basic communication and organizational skills that will help me succeed as a nurse. I am a compassionate, caring person and I will work hard to acquire the knowledge and training I need to become a registered nurse, dedicated to improve the lives of my patients.
I have worked at a Medical Hospital as Nurse Technician in the float pool. I really enjoy working in all the departments where I have the opportunity to help patients with different type of illnesses. It also gives me the opportunity to interact with nurses from different schools with whom I have discussed my career goal. After two attempts of being in a waiting list for a nursing program, I decided to move to apply to College where with my background and all the credits I have from Boston, I was accepted to the program.
Currently, I worked a unit secretary in the psychiatrist unit. I am still in the midst of all the caregivers and that help me learn every day. Even though my job does not require me to be in contact in daily basis with the patient, I am still involved in their care. I provide support to the patients and their family and the staff. Being here every day gives me the opportunity to understand more the role of a nurse. It is also help me experience the implementation of what I have learned so far and witnesses the critical thinking of the nurses.My education, experiences, and everyday life brought me closer to my dream of becoming a nurse.