A Smile a Day Keeps the Doctor Away; Leading Nurses with Positivity

When choosing my career path I looked to find a field that has direct meaning and impact on others. Nursing, to me, was exactly that. I have been involved in numerous journeys with people during difficult times. A nurse has the ability to make a sad, painful, and/or life changing moment a little easier with the care provided. As a nurse I strive to provide thorough and efficient care to my patients all while maintaining a positive attitude and a smile on my face. The nursing field can be stressful, fast-paced and demanding. It is important to have strong leaders guiding the team so they can confidently perform in such an environment. The leader must listen to the needs of patients and staff to evaluate any problems that need to be resolved or changes that need to be made.

Growing up I have always enjoyed taking on leadership positions. Throughout college I was involved in multiple organizations and held executive board positions including President. I am not afraid to be the leader when it is something I am passionate about and feel competent to do so. I have had the opportunity to train new RN's and more recently began training to be charge nurse at my current job. To continue to excel I have made the decision to go back to school.

I truly believe that knowledge is power. Entering the MSN program with a specialization in healthcare systems management will provide me with the theory and evidence based research on being a leader within the nursing field. With an advanced degree I hope to find a position that allows me to guide other nurses to efficiently provide great care while maintaining a positive attitude.