This I Believe

Kristin - New Castle, Indiana
Entered on October 17, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Some people may believe that nurses just change bandages and give you medication when you are in the hospital, but that is not all they do. Nurses are caregivers, advocates, healers, counselors, and much more. Nurses do everything for a patient and even catch things that the doctor may not. Nurses are with patients 24 hours a day seven days a week. A nurse can become like family to a patient that is in his or her care for long-term or even short-term. I was so scared when I took care of my first patient. I thought to myself I have learned so many things what if I do not remember it. That is not the case you remember everything. I sat with my patient for the first day and he was not as open with me. He had just recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. The second day I came in he had really got to know me and opened up to me about many things in his life. I had developed trust and rapport with him because I cared about him and his well being. I did not have to listen or even care, but I did. I never thought you could become so close to people you have only met for a couple of days, but you can. A nurse does things like this all the time not because he or she has to but because we care. Nursing is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Just by being with someone and doing something extra nice to make a patient’s day better can make all the difference. I have always thought a nurse is one of the most important people in the world. If we did not have nurses who would take care of the sick and dying, and be with them all day so they are not alone. Nurses have many different roles, but all of them have to do with caring for another. Most jobs have breaks and nursing does to. Most of the time nurses do not take their breaks or even get a chance to go to the restroom in a 12 hour shift because they take so much pride in their work. They also care to much about their patients (the people who matter the most). I know that I have done some things while I have been a student nurse that were not the greatest and maybe even the grossest. I do not let those things bother me because I am doing them to take care of someone who can not take care of them self. I can not wait to become a nurse because I know that it is rewarding and self less. It is always been what I have dreamed to do.