Nursing, and everything that it entails, cannot be easily described in just one simple word or phrase. It goes beyond the meaning of a profession and the stereotypical definition of treating the ill. Nursing is the “protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (American Nurses Association, 2010, p. 1). Therefore, it is a career that requires dedication, passion, critical thinking, and knowledge. It demands commitment and an understanding of its core values and concepts, as well as the nurse’s own personal philosophy and principles.
When I contemplate why I want to pursue a career in the medical field, I picture my high school allied health class where my enthusiasm for the field first started and I became a Certified Nursing Assistant. I have been around hospitals and doctor’s growing up, but that class opened my eyes to a new world. To learn extensive amounts about the healthcare field and have the opportunity to gain clinical experience has no comparison, to be able to learn hands on at that age, and know that I wanted to care for patients. To see all those elderly residents, to experience helping them and showing them compassion, it made my day, every day I was there. The fact that I can do two things I love, learning new things and helping people get better excites
Healthcare was an unplanned career for me. I am not one of those people who knew that I was going into healthcare from an early age. I spent twelve years in and out of the foster care system and worked as a warehouse laborer. Did I even have the opportunity to consider my passion at all? I was asked, “Where are you going from here?
Becoming a physician is not merely a career choice, but rather the pursuit of what I believe is my vocation. Along with my passion for medical physiology, and diligence in academic and professional settings, I am goal-oriented, social, astute, ethical, and morally upright. Additionally, I am well rounded in the arts and sciences, and thus able to interact with people of various interests. Although these qualities, I am convinced, are indispensable, I believe that a life of complete service and personal edification is what a physician should live by. I have exhibited these attributes throughout my life experiences and educational career.
In A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Owen tries to convince Mr. Morrison, the mailman, to play the Ghost of Christmas Future in the Christmas Pageant and is disinclined because he feels his part would not be scary enough. At that moment, Owen drops a bomb on him and tells him that “THERE’S NOTHING AS SCARY AS THE FUTURE” (Irving 195). He then proceeds to describe to him the recent events of what has happened, his premonition of his fate, and his faith that God has a role for him and that he must oblige. Even though Owen’s reason for telling Mr. Morrison his beliefs is to convince him to play the role, the quote is still impactful and visible in the lives of many high school students and especially my life. The impact of the future has
“Calm Down” I shouted, “I’m going to do it quick”. My 6 year old brother squirmed on a dirty floor surrounded by dust, wood, and nails. I was 9 years old, and my family had just moved to New York, and our “house: was less than livable. He had stepped on a long rusty nail that was loosely sticking up from a barely stable floor. It was sticking out of his foot, and blood was trickling down onto my skirt.
On March 27, 2015, Facebook and Twitter were inundated with the message, “Daundre Barnaby, An Olympic Sprinter from Weaver [High School] Drowns.” When I first read this, I was heartbroken. I desperately wanted it to be a mistake. Daundre was my role model. On the track, we trained daily together, and I learned to believe in myself, work hard and enjoy life.
Being a first time degree scholar, a degree has been overlooked by those in my family. Those surrounding me don 't know the meaning of a degree or the benefits and how this would affect my life. Being a hispanic scholar has also given me the chance to put more effort in what i do in order to surpass the stereotypical aspects of my culture when it comes to education. As i work for a degree i will be on my way to building a better future for myself and family. Having a degree will give me a competitive advantage and will allow me to professionally help others.
As a child I was very fortunate to have a family like my own; my parents were truly happy and wholly in love. I was incredibly close with my siblings and still am today despite our little fights. Along with being close to my siblings my father and I had a great relationship; most people who knew me would have considered me a “daddy’s girl”. Growing up my father was remarkably proud of my grades and who I was becoming as a person. Oftentimes he would brag about me to anyone who listened.
Becoming a physician is beyond a career goal, but more importantly the realization of what I believe to be my vocation. Matriculating into medical school would be a pivotal step in this laborious and edifying journey that has, thus far, molded my faculties into a fervent passion for the work of a physician. Arriving at this pivotal point was an endeavor characterized chiefly by momentous experiences that served to distinguish my true passions from my interests, and consequently focus them on a life of constant learning and service. Conversely, there were circumstances that hindered, and even could have prevented my personal development. By surmounting these hurdles and internalizing the lessons of certain consequential experiences, I am poised