This I Believe

Aimee - Mooreland, Indiana
Entered on October 11, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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I believe that nothing worth-while is easy. I believe in having goals and working toward them, no matter how trying they may be. As I am currently enrolled in a four-year nursing program, I have faced many challenges, been given many opportunities, and have had many first time experiences. I have dedicated my time to extensive studying, grueling homework, and many hours of preparation for clinical experiences. Although nursing school can be extremely tedious at times, I am focusing on the future.

My future holds unlimited possibilities. Nursing is a prestigious career with many advancement options and many different career choices. I believe that as I put my mind to it, nursing will be a lifelong career for me. Nursing is a profession full of endless responsibilities, large workloads, and an insufficient number of staff. On the other hand, nursing is very intriguing and challenging, and is a profession which creates a great deal of self-satisfaction. Nursing is a very personally rewarding profession.

Having no previous experience in the field, my clinical experiences have opened my eyes to the profession of nursing. My patients have grown on me, and I become deeply involved in their care. I strive to provide holistic care. My first clinical day was intimidating as I had no prior experience. With practice, I have gained knowledge and built confidence. I know nursing is the profession for me, and I am going to continue to reach for my goals.

To me, a nurse is someone with a vast array of knowledge, incredible critical thinking skills, and never-ending compassion. A nurse is dedicated and goal-oriented. Essential skills of nurses include time management, commitment, and communication. Nurses are able to help shape health policies, act as patient advocates, and educate the public. They promote the well-being of others and contribute a great deal to the community. Nurses are professionals, role models, and competent care providers. On the downside, the public may view a nurse as an underpaid, overworked doctor’s assistant who receives little recognition.

Becoming a nurse has been a long-term goal for me though. Nurses are in high demand and the image of nursing must be enhanced. The nursing shortage is crucial and is only getting worse. Current nurses and nursing students need to show the public the brighter side of nursing. Even though it may be hard at times, nursing is a terrific profession. If it were easy, everyone would be a nurse. It takes a special person though. It takes a strong-willed, passionate person. The public may not always view the profession of nursing positively, but I do. I am willing to push myself to conquer my goals. I have high expectations for myself, and I am devoted to triumphing over nursing school. I am going to walk tall and be proud of my chosen profession. Hopefully, others will follow in my footsteps.