Nursing involves caring for individuals, families, and communities to help them attain and sustain health and wellbeing. It comprises advocacy, education, and patient monitoring, among others. The first realization that nursing is a perfect fit for me came in a challenging situation during the illness of a close relative and family friend. The relative had been hospitalized for a prolonged period after an accident, and I occasionally visited him. Through the visits, I had a unique opportunity, first-hand, to experience and acknowledge the critical work nurses do in dispensing treatment and aiding in patient recovery. Throughout, I was inspired by the nurses' ability to understand patient needs and advance strategies – complex and straightforward – to satisfy them. Watching the patient transition from being bedridden in the ICU, in a near-death experience, to a healthy individual was, frankly, awe-inspiring. Over his stay, nurses ensured his comfort and attended to his every need. The experience, therefore, prompted my decision to become a nurse.
Being a nurse offers me an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream to impact and help others. The profession has a time-honored reputation for compassion and dedication (American Nurses Association). I would, therefore, love a chance to contribute to the alleviation of the physical and emotional plight of others resulting from illness. In practice, I will encounter patients and families in challenging situations as they grapple with life-changing injuries, witness the birth of a child, or struggle with the loss of life. In these and other instances, I will be required to intimately connect with them and be present as a comforter and communicator. Contextually, growing up, I always sought chances to make a difference, and nursing guarantees the fulfillment of this dream. Helping others, however, is not limited to patients and their families. I can also become an asset to peers or colleagues. Overall, becoming a nurse presents an essential foundation where I can demonstrate and practice empathy while passionately making a difference in the lives of those around me.
Furthermore, being a nurse facilitates my engagement in advocacy to ensure safe and quality nursing care. I understand, all too well, the importance of safeguarding patients' dignity, promoting equality, and facilitating autonomous decision-making. Nurses have opportunities to facilitate candid and open discussions among patients, families, and other health practitioners to facilitate effective decision-making (Davoodvand, Abbaszadeh, & Ahmadi, 2016). I will create structures, allowing greater latitude for patients and their families to ask lingering questions about treatment, medication, and care. While providing evidence-based care is essential, it must be contextualized within the unique religious and cultural values. Therefore, besides acting with kindness, I will lend patients a listening ear to understand their values and ensure that the care provided to them aligns with their principles.
Additionally, as a profession, nursing is multifaceted, and the option to work in numerous settings makes it an ideal career. Unlike in the past, nurses are entrusted with more responsibilities. Shifting demographics, disease profiles, and other factors have also expanded the profession (Express Healthcare, 2019). The changes engender the freedom and latitude to explore, experience, and grow personally and professionally. They also present opportunities to engage in lifelong learning as I advance my skills, knowledge, and expertise and progress from a novice to a specialty nurse.
In summary, nursing involves caring for others to help them attain and sustain health and wellbeing. The first realization that nursing is a perfect fit for me came in a challenging situation, as a close relative and family friend struggled with a near-death experience. I was inspired by the nurses' ability to understand his needs and advance strategies to satisfy them. My decision to become a nurse follows a lifelong dream to impact and help others. It also facilitates my engagement in advocacy to ensure safe and quality nursing care. The profession is also multifaceted, and the numerous career paths offer me the freedom and latitude to explore, experience, and grow.
American Nurses Association. (n.d.). What is nursing? https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/workforce/what-is-nursing/
Davoodvand, S., Abbaszadeh, A., & Ahmadi, F. (2016). Patient advocacy from the clinical nurses' viewpoint: A qualitative study. Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, 9.
Express Healthcare. (2019). Nurses today have a varied and multi-faceted role. https://www.expresshealthcare.in/health-policies/nurses-today-have-a-varied-and-multi-faceted-role/390546/