The question that comes to mind is who is a nurse? In the first place a nurse is a highly trained and skilled professional who cares for the sick and the infirm. A nurse helps to educate the patients in issues of healthy living “wellness” as well as any current or chronic disease process and treatment. A nurse performs treatments and procedures prescribed by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Nurses need to have great compassion for their fellow human beings. They have to have good communication skills in both listening as well as speaking. Nurses need to be patient and they often have to have a thick skin.
So nursing is a health care profession focused on the care of individuals, families and communities so that they can attain and maintain optimal health and quality of life from conception to death. Nursing as l am seeing it, is a career that should comes from the heart, and not what others should force some one to do, nor entered as a result of making money because nursing is a career that need compassion and patience and accept those they are caring for as they are. I believe that those who make decisions to become nurses need to have the above qualities.
As I was asked to tell my story and at the same time, why I am a nurse? I was born and raised in Nigeria where every one cares for one of another. Then now, I am currently a nursing assistant at one of the nursing homes in New York and still aiming to become a registered nurse, which I believe to be my goal since my childhood.
For example, when I was in primary school, my teacher asked the students to write a composition, on what we would like to be in future or our goals. What I wrote was that, my goal was to become a nursing sister, in order to take care of the poor, the needy, the aged, and the neglected. In this case, after my school, I entered the convent where I spent some years and became a professed nun. After that, I was asked by my superior general to go home to spend two weeks with my parents for my holidays and come back to the generalate house, so that I could start my mission work.
After my holiday, as I was heading back the generalate house, behold there was an auto accident right in front of me. At that moment, I told the driver to stop so that I could help the pregnant woman that was lying by the side of the road. Then, I begged the driver to help me to take the woman to a nearby hospital, the man asked me whether I knew the woman, and I said ‘’no’’, he asked who is going to pay if we drop her in the hospital. I told the man that I will pay him, and for the woman I will contact the family then, both of us left for the hospital, where I met a very compassionate nurse who took care of the woman immediately, then, I told the nurses to contact the family for I do not know her background.
This story was narrated to my superior general, and she said to me, “do you know that you have started your mission work?” I said I hope so. After three days I went to the hospital to see the pregnant woman, but found her with a baby boy. It was during this incident I made my final decision to become a nurse. Moreover, whenever I see people on the streets begging for money, just to get their daily bread, I feel very sorry for them, always want to help them yet I did not know how since I was not a nurse, but some times I give them the little, money that I have. In fact, all these have made me to realize that health care is truly the right path for me. However, moving over to the United States of America taught me the methodology I should take to help these kinds of people who are in great need of health services.
In other words, with my experience as nursing assistant since I came to the Unite States of America, with good equipment for health care services and the books which I have been reading from The College Network for nursing, had made me to be more aware of the situation and the scope of practice I should perform when I become a fully registered nurse. I believe that it is my goal to have this accomplished. I know that I could do my part, then, my experience of those who are handicapped, who lack good health care gave me more than the desire to become a nurse. In fact, it gave me the passion and determination to achieve my life ambition.
I believe that compassion and determination are some of the important attributes of a nurse. Let me give another incident that happened when I was having a service in the church here in New York, where a 76 year old parishioner fell down from his seat. On observing that, immediately I ran to help him, while the people around felt afraid to touch him. When I came to the scene, everybody was confused for nobody knew exactly what to do. I wanted to help but for the fact that I lack experience, I could not do anything for this man. From then I said that I will be a nurse. Immediately I told one of the sisters to call 911. Then, immediately when the 911 arrived I showed them the man and they took him away. I felt bad that I could not offer something meaningful.
My sister who is a nursing assistant, her stories from the hospital inspired me and convinced me that nursing is truly for me. The feeling of giving yourself to a stranger in their great time of need is like no other feeling on earth. I am very willing to care for someone who is unable to care for himself or herself. I truly believe that I am called to become a nurse. I am honest and open to communicate, and these qualities or attributes have helped me to interact with not only the patients but also their family members. The words I used, my actions, and my attitudes can help other human beings to get healed and that is something that I will remember all through my life.
However, learning something new everyday motives me to becoming a nurse, and as a nurse to make a difference in the lives of the people that are unable to help themselves. Also, nurses care for individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds, who are healthy and ill in a holistic manner based on the individual’s physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual needs of the people. Thank you very much for making the time to read my essay.
Name: Marynnamdi Chukwu
From: New York