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Why I Want To Be An Oncology Nurse

A diagnosis should not change the way you view someone – at the end of the day, we are all people, just fighting different battles.

Why I Want To Be An Oncology Nurse
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As the Filipino stereotype holds up, I am currently a nursing major about to graduate with my Bachelor of Science. I have been surrounded by nurses my entire life – many of my family members are nurses and have been such a huge influence on my decision to pursue a career as a nurse myself.

When choosing a career like nursing, there is a lot of thought that goes into what kind of field you would like to pursue. A lot of popular ones include pediatrics, emergency, critical care, and psychiatry; I'm sure you (my wonderful readers) have heard of at least some of these. However, I want you to take a second and reflect on what you think of when you hear the term "oncology nursing."

I bet it's not super positive, which is totally understandable. A diagnosis of cancer is not an easy thing to process nor is it the type of experience you can dictate to others like, "Hey, this is what I went through, so you're going to go through the same exact thing." Therefore, it's not a field that many nurses willingly go into, with so much uncertainty and variety.

I've known I wanted to go into oncology nursing for nearly as long as I've known I wanted to become a nurse although, every time I shared this fact about me, many people would shoot down the idea. All I'd hear was things like, "Why? Oncology is so sad," "You're going to burn out so quickly," and "There are so many more interesting things to do with nursing." If anything, these comments made me more determined and passionate about pursuing oncology nursing.

When I was a freshman, I took an Intro to Nursing class, and one of our assignments was to interview a registered nurse. I chose to interview my uncle whom I see as a best friend and mentor. The story about his journey to become a nurse was so inspiring to me, but what really spoke to me was his time spent as an oncology nurse. He described it as one of the most challenging but fulfilling experiences of his life, which is all I've ever wanted out of becoming a nurse. With each passing day, I want to become a better version of myself, and oncology nursing is such an amazing field to grow in, as both a nurse and a human being.

There aren't enough nurses that want to pursue oncology, which saddens me because I am a very firm believer that oncology patients deserve the same amount of care, compassion, and respect from healthcare professionals as any other patient or person, if not more. A diagnosis should not change the way you view someone – at the end of the day, we are all people, just fighting different battles.

I have always viewed nurses as an extremely vital part of providing healthcare, and my aunts, uncles, and cousins have all immensely inspired me to become a nurse as caring and empathic as them all. I believe that this inspiration will only help me in giving all that I can as an oncology nurse.

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Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

Is God Reckless?

First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.

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