I am choosing nursing as a career because being a caring, nurturing person is who I am. I have enjoyed working in the health field for the past 5 years. Now, I know I would like to take on more of a leadership and teaching role in nursing. The health sciences are a big part of my family history. I know that being a nurse, a voice for my patients, is what I am destined to be.
Nurse assistants, midwives, LPNs and RNs dominate my family tree. My mother, my grandmother, my great grandmother, a great aunt, my sister, and a niece have all enjoyed working in the health care field in various parts of the US and in Ireland as well. When my family and friends have a gathering, the topic always ends up being related to the health sciences.
As a mother of two children, I already make a difference in someone’s life. As a nurse, I have already made a difference too. I completed the CNA program in 2005. While working closely with the nurses, I was able to help my patients heal mentally and/or physically. I truly enjoyed working hard to take care of so many people who were grateful for my choice to go into the health field.
The rush of saving a life as a team and having the patient personally thank us a week later was when I knew that I must continue on in the healthcare field for more education. I went on to graduate from the LPN program in December of 2007. I have been working as an LPN since April of 2008. I enjoy teaching the CNAs that I work with, new things every day.
I do believe that I am an excellent asset to the nursing field. I am a very dedicated and dependable LPN. I am willing to help anyone at anytime and especially in times of need. By continuing my education, I can then be a better advocate for my patients. Then I will be able to take on more responsibility and educate others in the healthcare field. It is a privilege and an honor to continue in so many family members’ footsteps as well as all health care professionals. I not only hope to increase my personal satisfaction in my work but also to be a better nurse.
Name: Tara Sultzbaugh, LPN