I Chose Nursing Scholarship

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Many people choose nursing as a profession for the money and the title. I believe that I was called to be a nurse. When I started thinking about what I wanted to be when I grow up in my high school guidance counselor’s office I did not think that I would be a nurse. I thought I was going to be a business woman in fashion going between the United States and France, I excelled in French and the only way I thought I could use it was in business. When I was a junior in high school, I realized that I was not as proficient in French as I thought I was and I did some reflection on what I wanted to be. I knew that I loved to care for people, that dissection and that the human body fascinated me. I also knew that I am a very sensitive and caring…show more content…
Seeing the instant gratification of my patients when I would help them restored my hope that nursing is my calling. However, during this time my hopes and dreams were being dashed, school after school kept turning me down because my grade point average was not good enough. Then one day I got an acceptance letter from Neumann University saying that I was accepted to their nursing program but they did not have space for me and I would have to change my major to early and special education, I called and accepted this major. Within the week I was contacted by Alvernia University telling me that I needed to finish my application and meet with Dr. Symanski. After consulting with both Dr. Symanski and Dr. Greenawald I was accepted on the spot to Alvernia University, and my hope was restored, I could really live out my dreams of being a nurse. Alvernia has provided me with so many opportunities to develop this desire. In each clinical, I was challenged and succeeded. My charisma with my patients as well as my empathy for them came naturally, and countless patients have thanked me for providing them with care and support. I feel that I did not fully realize that nursing was my calling until a few years ago. When my coworkers would ask me what kind of nurse I want to be when I graduate, I would tell them pediatric oncology, every time I said it I would get chills for an unknown reason. That fall semester…show more content…
Every day when I go to work, school, clinical, or preceptorship, I treat each person that I will be caring for as if they are a blank slate regardless of their history and background. I believe I go into a patient’s room thinking this way because I do not know them as a person, I only know them from what I have been told and what I saw on a computer screen. I believe that everyone should be treated kindly and with respect at all times. I value that nursing is my duty and my ends are not immoral because I am helping someone get better. As a practicing catholic, I find that I often pray for my patients. I feel that care is not only being present for your patient physically but also spiritually. My values in practice helped guide me to work with children because they cannot do wrong and I feel as though I cannot wrong them. I also believe that my values and beliefs influence me to work with those that are very sick to help maximize their time here on earth if they are terminally ill, even if it is just from a brief encounter. I do believe that I will hold many family roles not just as a daughter, but I hope as a mother and wife and I am aware that upholding traditional family roles will be hard while working as a nurse. However, I am confident that the family roles will be able to be bent as they are now in order for my
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