I truly believe that my path to becoming a nurse was set from the time I was about four years old. My grandma used to tell me that while my brother always wanted to be outside playing, I would rather gather up all my dolls, line them up on a little table, and give them check-ups. Once done, they would each get special medicine and I would scribble something down on a piece of paper (my notepad).
First Trip to the ER
One summer, I was running around the house in my princess dress when I tripped and hit my head against the corner of the table. I don’t remember much, but I’m told there was a lot of blood and my parents drove me to the ER to get fixed up. It was my first experience with getting stitches and I still remember it. I had a really funny nurse who explained everything that was going to be happening. To me, the experience was so interesting and I wished I could have watched. I still remember the doctor telling my parents that he should have videotaped everything to show grown-up men how calm and cool a five year old girl was when receiving stitches on her head.
From that moment, I knew I would become a nurse when I was grown up. Prior to college, I took any class in school that I believed would benefit me in nursing or health care later on. I sort of felt bad for some of my friends in high school who really didn’t know what profession they wanted to be or simply didn’t care. My parents were my biggest supporters and worked hard to make sure I would be able to go to a good nursing school.
Life Changing Experience
Sometime during my second year in college, my mom was hit by a car while crossing the street. She spent the next two months in the hospital recovering from her injuries. I would spend as much of my time in the hospital as possible to be with her. While it was hard seeing her like that, she was very strong and eventually made a full recovery. During my time there, I spent a lot of time talking to the nurses who by now realized my career goal. I learned so much and continued to visit even after my mom was discharged. A couple years later, I was given a nursing internship there and the rest is history.
If I could give any advice to someone who is considering a nursing career it would be that you must be passionate about people and want to constantly learn. While nurses do tend to get paid well in most cases, it should not be about the money. The work is very challenging both physically and emotionally but extremely rewarding. While I used to think that I picked a career in nursing, the truth is that it picked me.