Nursing With a Purpose
I see a lot of people go into nursing programs for financial reasons. It is relatively easy to be accepted into these programs and even at the LVN level, there is a good amount of money to be made. Unfortunately, it is usually these people that are the problem with nursing. It takes a lot of commitment and discipline to be a great nurse, and it takes even more so to stay a great nurse throughout the entirety of your career. Along with commitment and dedication, you must also have compassion and skills, but you can’t have one without the other. People who go into nursing for the financial stability most likely have great nursing skills but they lack compassion. That combination often leads to becoming jaded. That is not the type of nurse I want to be.
When I was a child, I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I grew up. I knew I loved animals and had a passion for helping them, but I found out later that it was the medical aspect that had always caught my attention. After that, I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, to the point where when I would go to a doctor’s appointment or the hospital, I would feel actual jealousy while watching them do their job. Shortly after high school I got my EMT certification and was planning on heading towards my paramedic certification. Life events cause me to let that expire and at that point I realized I was selling myself short by settling for EMT or Paramedic. Nursing was what I needed to do, so I am going to do what ever it takes to achieve that, no matter how hard it may be.
Another example of when I knew I was called to nursing was when my grandmother was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. My grandparents raised me my entire life, so my grandmother is really more like a mother. She was diagnosed right as I was finishing up EMT school and the whole next year was a barrage of doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy sessions, radiation and the occasional admittance to the hospital. Over the course of...