The Journey of My Life
As the journey through life has brought me to the point of wanting to finish my bachelor’s degree of science in nursing (BSN), I believe that I am definitely ready for some redirection of my goals. Initially, after obtaining my associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) I advanced on to California State University of Fullerton (CSUF). Soon thereafter, I found I was pregnant with my twin boys. This event changed the course of my life, education, and goals. As I have continued in my career, I have gained a vast amount of experience, knowledge, and wisdom. Although I truly believe that an ADN possesses a wealth of knowledge, in recent years it has been seen that patients are becoming more complicated and require a higher level of an educated nurse. According to Johnson, Hall, and Causey, “A more highly educated nursing workforce is needed to address the increasingly complex health care needs of our citizens and to expand the pool for future faculty and advanced practice nurses” (Johnson, Hall, & Causey, 2011, p. 304-306).
Through hard work and dedication, I always have achieved my goals. With the restructuring of management at my place of employment, I have decided that a short-term, professional goal would be to pursue the charge nurse position in my department. Thinking of what is required of a charge nurse, I know I can make a difference in the restructuring of my hospital. By attempting to achieve this goal, I could voice my thoughts, opinions, and concerns for my department. So I have applied, interviewed, and am awaiting an answer.
As I am maturing, it has occurred to me that I may not be able to perform as a staff nurse until I retire because of physical constraints. I want to have options, such as in education, and to have this option I need a higher level of education. I always enjoy working as a preceptor to a new hire or a nursing student. Rather than teaching a student tasks, I find it a challenge to help them understand the...