What Professional Nursing Means To Me
Worcester State University
When asked to write what professional nursing means to me, a tremendous amount of thoughts begin twirling in my head. Nursing has changed so dramatically over the past 20 years since I became a nurse, it is hard to grasp how much the role of the professional nurse has been challenged to and at times been forced to change. With technology advancing and the changes that the healthcare system has been forced to embrace, nursing has had to keep up with the times in order to become the professional job it is today.
Though times have changed over my 20 years as a nurse, the basic reasons that I chose nursing to begin with have not. Having watched my older sister become a nurse and embark on a wonderful and exciting career, played a big influence on the path that eventually led me to my own journey. My high school healthcare curriculum started my goal to become a nurse and working for many years as a certified nursing aid made my beginning in this field a reality. Compassion, caring for others and the ability to always learn new things from experiences was a key component that brought me to want to continue into nursing.
As stated from our readings, “Many people enter the nursing profession because they genuinely care about other people and have a desire to help others in time of need” (Hood, pg.5). I can honestly say I felt this way and still feel this way, though there are many days that challenge us and test our reasons why we chose such a demanding and daunting career. Though days like those can be wearing to us all, the rewards of being a profession nurse long out way a bad shift here or there.
Being a professional nurse for me has been an ongoing journey that has taken me to many different places, introduced me to so many amazing other professional colleagues, and has changed my direction in life a few times to say the least. It has opened many doors into a career that has an abundance of specialties, that there is no reason one cannot find their own glitch to what kind of nursing they enjoy. Being a professional nurse has given me confidence, patience, and the ability to multi task and communicate beyond my wildest dreams! It has taught me to be humble, a good listener, emotional, and at times frustrated that I missed something or didn’t acknowledge one small act that could have made a difference.
Being a professional nurse means just that to me. I believe it means, looking clean, fresh, clothes ironed, and presenting yourself in way that it makes you engagable, pleasant and caring from the first words you utter to a new patient. First...