I'm A Nursing Major Because Every Single Patient Has An Impact On My Life, I Just Want To Help Them Live Theirs

I'm A Nursing Major Because Every Single Patient Has An Impact On My Life, I Just Want To Help Them Live Theirs

There's nothing else I'd rather be doing with my life.
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I was thirteen years old when I really experienced death for the first time. My grandfather was diagnosed with an awful neurodegenerative disease when I was young and over the years I watched him decline to the point where he was unable to do almost anything by himself. He was admitted to a long-term care unit in a small hospital where he would spend his last days. It was awful having to watch my grandfather slowly turn into a completely different person from the disease.

All I remember wanting was to be able to help him in some way. I watched nurses assist him with the most basic daily living activities like brushing his hair, taking him to the bathroom, and feeding him, but I also saw them set up his IVs and give him medication. I could not believe how much of a difference these nurses were making in my grandpa's life. I remember wondering how the nurses could be so smart and know so much about how to take care of my grandpa.

From that moment on I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

I won't lie to you and say that I have never questioned my decision on becoming a nursing major. Because let me tell you, when it's 4 a.m. and I have to roll out of bed for clinical, after only getting three hours of sleep since I spent all last night studying for a huge exam later in the week, I have 100% questioned why I chose the nursing life.

There are also some very hard days at clinicals that make me wonder if I can handle such a difficult profession. No matter how many times I am exposed to it, I don't think death will ever get any easier for me. Finding out your patient has died is one of the absolute worst feelings when you're a nurse.

There have been many times when I have found myself holding back tears while at clinicals. While many of those times I am holding back tears of sadness, there are also wonderful times that bring me to tears as well.

Watching a family cry and hug one another in rejoice because their loved one's condition has improved and being there for a child's first breaths are a couple of the amazing and wonderful experiences that have nearly brought me to tears. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on my patient's lives.

And while they may not know it, each and every single one of them has left an impact on my life as well.

So while nursing may be stressful, difficult, draining, exhausting, antagonizing, etc... (it's April and tests and projects are piling up so the the list could honestly go on and on) there is no other major or profession I would rather be in!

Cover Image Credit: Abigail Clayton

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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