There I was, a grade 11 student who had to decide the courses for my senior year of high school. I had to complete the prerequisite courses needed to enter the program that would guide me to my future career. After several campus tours, an array of undergrad program booklets to read through, and weeks of deciding what program and school to go into…I finally decided that nursing was my calling.
Here are the reasons why I chose to study nursing:
- Despite my introvert appearance and personality, I really wanted to interact and engage myself in meaningful relationships with people. Particularly with children. I wanted to be a pediatric nurse.
- In my final year of high school, I chose to take–in addition to prerequisite courses needed for the nursing program–a health science course. Taking this class was probably one of my most enjoyable experiences of my overall high school experience (academically, anyway). My teacher instilled in me a passion for health science that I myself did not think I’d ever come to like. Nursing offered greater depth of learning about the beauty of diseases and the human body.
- The good old family influence. I mean, who hasn’t had their parents or relatives offer their insight and “suggestions” in choosing a program? In my case, the influence wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be. Becoming a nurse ran in the family (and Filipino culture). The difference being that I could potentially be the first RN (Registered Nurse) on both sides of my family. My relatives were PSWs (Personal Support Workers) and RPNs (Registered Practical Nurse). I thought to myself, what an honor it would be to be the first in the family, and I liked the idea for what it was. What a nurse offered to the future of our Canadian health system. I did my own research, weighed the pros and cons and future career path before finally accepting my offer of admission into the program.
- Nursing is a rewarding and noble profession with good pay. It’s not everyday that every patient complies with their medication regime or that an elderly man diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s offers to tell you the story of his life. Nurses are loving, hardworking, have a great sense of humor, and are unbelievably strong (physically and mentally). They are part of the heart and soul of the hospital, clinic center, and other public health institutions. Nurses also make good money. But why wouldn’t they? They are responsible for the lives of their patients. They are trusted to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible until the patient is discharged.
- The close knit setting (clinical instructors, clinical placement groups, and course sections peers). You struggle getting the passing grade together; stress together, breathe the same hospital air, and lose sheep together! No one else know the hardships and difficulties you face other than your fellow nursing peers. It’s without a doubt, a hard program. But you must be up for the challenge to push yourself to do only the best. The focus is no longer on you, but the patient and their needs.
- You help those who can’t help themselves. You see the vulnerability of the human being. You guide the healing process though your interventions and care plans. In many situations, you are their voice (enough said).
If you are considering a nursing program. Make sure to trust your final decision. If that means spending your time to do a bit of research beforehand, go all out. It is a difficult program and you must commit yourself to it.
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