Nursing is a profession that plays an important role in the provision of health care; it creates an opportunity to have an impact in the lives of many people. Although I no longer provide direct patient care, my position as a Nurse Case Manager allows me to deal with the whole person, (not just health related issues),to promote quality cost-effective outcomes.
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Taking my education to the graduate level has always been a dream of mine. Personally, my goal is to become a superior RN, to provide exceptional care and knowledge to my patients and staff, and to be an extraordinary role model for my son.
Throughout the past 24 years of my nursing career, nursing has always meant dedication to patient advocacy and patient safety. A Master's of Nursing and Health Care Systems Management for me means the next step in my contribution to the preservation of what is right in healthcare. Having been a leader in healthcare for the past 10 years, I have been witness to the ordeals and threats to patient safety that nursing professionals have been forced to deal with.
“Save a life…you are a hero; save lives on a daily basis…you are a nurse.” I heard someone once make this statement and I agree. Being a nurse, I believe is a true calling. It is not a job, but a vocation.
Before I became a nurse, I had no idea that nursing was more than a trade. I thought nursing just meant giving medicine and applying bandages. I learned long ago that nursing is more than just a simple definition or description, it is a philosophy. My idea of nursing has evolved over many years and around many different experiences. My concept of nursing means treating the whole person, not just the physical entity. Nursing allows us to treat the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social aspect. This also includes treating the patient’s family.
The founding philosopher of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, once said, “Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion”. I believe no such truer words have ever been uttered and, to me, nursing is a lifestyle dedicated to refining abilities that result in the greatest care one is able to provide to any patient in such need. As a youth, I instinctively knew I was destined for a life of caring for others as I observed the passion for nursing and the rewards that followed from the generations that came before me.
Nursing is a profession of compassion, strength, and conviction…taking a patient’s journey as your own. Over many years, I have found that nursing has allowed for personal growth, one’s acknowledgment of true advocacy and a vehicle for the true autonomy to become more grounded in a personal mission of serving others.
I finished high school during the eighties' recession. Jobs were scarce and the future was unsure. There were plenty of nursing jobs, though, and I thought that a nursing degree would form a strong, solid base for my future. I knew that no matter what happened in my life, I would always be able to rely on my nursing background.
I have been a RN for nine years. My mom often says I began my career as a young child always wanting to help fix the cuts and bruises on my brothers and sisters. I graduated from Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama. Out of nursing school I began working in a small local hospital. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina an opportunity became available for me to move to the New Orleans area and assist in the nursing staffing shortage. This changed my life.
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“I was drawn to Loyola because of the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, which emphasizes the formation of the unique person in his or her entirety. The experience of working and learning with students in their development as nursing leaders is most rewarding.”