Why I Chose Nursing

Why I Chose Nursing

Next time you see a nurse, thank them -- even if they're coming at you with a needle.

“You want to be a nurse? You’re smart, why not become a doctor?” As a pre-nursing student currently fulfilling prerequisites for nursing school, this is something I’ve heard one too many times from one too many people. In response, I’ve written this article as a way of explaining why nursing called to me and so many others despite often being a thankless and under appreciated job.

1. It’s more than just bedpans and bed baths.

As an avid fan of the long running ABC show "Grey's Anatomy", I will be the first to tell you that while medical dramas are exciting, they are not all that realistic in terms of how hospitals actually run. While it correctly depicts how stressful the life of a physician can be, it misses the contributions of other hardworking healthcare professionals, specifically nurses. In reality, the nurse is the one on the front lines when it comes to the care of a patient. They are the eyes and ears for the physician, and are responsible for informing them of any changes in the patient's condition, even if they have to call them and wake them up in the middle of the night (which can be a nerve wracking task). The nurse handles the medications a patient needs, which also includes giving the correct doses at the correct times, whether it be an oral medication, or through injection or IV (intravenous) line. Keep in mind, a nurse usually has multiple patients at a time for which they hold this crucial responsibility, among others. The nurse is also ultimately responsible for the cleanliness and care of the patient, especially if there is no aide present to assist. Not to mention, everything must be charted accurately and in a timely manner, as the patient's chart is a legal document. While nursing definitely includes the bedpans and bed baths that you see on Grey's Anatomy, there is so much more to the responsibilities a nurse holds.

2. Nursing is a holistic experience

Holism is the idea that a system should be viewed as a whole, and not just separate parts or units. As a nurse, you are not only responsible for the care of the disease or condition, but for the person as a whole. I have worked as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) in a long term care facility, or nursing home, for about a year now, and have had the opportunity to work beside RNS (registered nurses) and LPNs (licensed practical nurses) in caring for multiple people. While a large part of my job has been helping the residents with their physical activities and cares, I have done so much more. I have comforted residents when they cried. I have watched people progress through the dementia process, and been there for them when they wake up in the middle of the night, scared, not knowing where they are. I have watched people recover and go home, as well as holding the hands of some who died and hugging their families as they said goodbye. As a nurse, I will continue to do this for my patients in the hopes that I am leaving a positive impact on their lives no matter what the outcome of their condition, injury, or disease process is.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

3. Nursing school is grueling.

This may not seem like a reason to go into a program to many, but I’ve always enjoyed a challenge. Yes, nursing school is challenging, just like medical school. I am choosing to pursue a BSN degree, which is a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree. After I finish my prerequisite courses here at Hastings College, I will apply to a four year nursing program. After watching my own mom go through nursing school, as well as multiple coworkers, I know what I’m in for. I will constantly have my head in books studying for multiple exams, as well as putting in clinical hours at the hospital, working with patients and learning all the skills I will need. Before I am able to work as a nurse, I will have to pass my boards, AKA the NCLEX, which is a whole other ordeal. Is it med school? No. But that doesn’t make it any less important.

4. A chance to advance

My ultimate goal for the future is to become a nurse practitioner, which is a nurse with a higher degree of autonomy. I have the opportunity to attain a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). I have the option to choose a field to specialize in among a wide variety of options. Some options include becoming a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Nurse Midwife (CNM), or even a specialization in psychiatric-mental health where I would be able to counsel and prescribe medication. There are so many opportunities to advance in this field, and I am eager to find out more of what sparks my interest throughout my career.

5. Nurses are Necessary

Nurses are the unsung heroes of healthcare, and I continue to look up to the ones who have inspired me to follow in their footsteps. Next time you see a nurse, remember to thank them for all they do. Even if they're coming at you with a needle.

Cover Image Credit: http://nursing.columbia.edu/students

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

Cover Image Credit: OrderOfBooks

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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