Six days remained until the start of nursing school as I sat in the hospital bed, the recipient of a chest tube. The diagnosis was a pneumothorax due to a burst bleb on my right lung. Within hours I would be told that surgery was necessary. The day started routinely, except for a nagging cough, and ended with emotions of apprehension, pain and confusion. That experience as a patient was as valuable as any future nursing education I would receive. It provided me with a unique perspective and taught me that to be a good nurse one first has to understand what it means to be a patient.
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The beauty of nursing lies in its vast opportunities for the specialized care of patients along the entire continuum of health care. This continuum may begin in the acute hospital; move on to inpatient rehabilitation, and hopefully, lead to a return to the community. Along this journey, nurses have a common vision to provide expert care, support, and education to patients and their families.
Many definitions for nursing are much finer than I could devise. The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines nursing as "The protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations." I agree, but where is the compassion.
MSN in the healthcare systems administration with emphasis in Case Management would broaden my knowledge base in nursing.
November 30, 2012
Years past, before internet and cell phones, I placed my toe in the waters of nursing education. This ignited a passion and energy that has not been equaled since. Nursing snuck up on me as a career choice during a time when youth, choices and consequences were swirling. I was fortunate to be surrounded by a circle of caring and insightful folks who recognized in me what I could not see in myself.
I believe in giving back to the community and sharing the knowledge that has been afforded to me through my secondary education with those who perhaps were unable to obtain a higher education. My desire to help people in the field of Health systems management has fueled my decision to obtain my graduate degree. I am passionate about nursing and the development of future nurses. I am confident I can accomplish any goal set for myself, and one of these is to become a Chief Nursing Officer and obtain my graduate degree from a reputable institution.
I have been a nurse for ten years. I have often told people I was born to be a nurse. The satisfaction I get out of my career is when a parent comes back and thanks me for making their experience easier. Nursing to me is providing a service that not only heals, but enhances the life of an individual. I want my patients leaving knowing they received the best care possible. I can't imagine doing anything else. Although my associated degree in nursing was a great start I wanted more. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in May of 2010.
Nursing is more than just an occupation, it is a commitment. After working in various healthcare settings, I have especially found this to be true as a nurse educator. Obtaining a Master's Degree in Healthcare Systems Management from Loyola University will provide me with the tool I need to improve my community by providing a solid foundation for future nurses.
As a newly employed LPN professor I feel like I found my niche in nursing even though teaching has been a very challenging yet rewarding experience thus far. I am passionate about nursing and to be able to teach students this art is an indescribable feeling that brings me much joy. As nurses we are truly the patients advocate providing competent care to those who are in a vulnerable state in their lives is what made me love my work for the past five years.
A nurse by definition is a person that is trained to care for the sick and disabled, but for an actual nurse this definition does not encompass the true feeling and admiration for the skill. Nursing is not just providing patient centered care, but addressing all the issues that the individual as well as the family may face in their time of need. Nursing goes back to the basics, providing care and compassion for your fellow man not because you feel obligated, but because you feel honored by the opportunity to enhance the health and lives of someone else that may be knowledge deficient.
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