We cannot argue that nursingis a difficult profession, but what we can argue is that it’s a very rewardingone when you have what it takes to deliver excellent patient care.
Nurses workin the front line of the medical field and it’s crucial to possess a variety ofqualities and skills that are essential to be successful. A nurse must be drawnto care for the sick and injured with compassion and kindness and at the sametime have a desire to make a positive impact on a patient’s life. On a dailybasis, a nurse is faced with important choices and must use critical thinkingto aid in decision-making. Attention todetail must come as second nature, as a nurse’s action can havelife-threatening consequences on the health care of patients. Not to mention great communication andlistening skills to deliver exceptional care. Nursing is a demanding professionthat requires mental, emotional and physical strength.I was born in ElSalvador and I grew up noticing the lack of health care in many of the lessfortunate communities.
I was one of those children who did not get the basicvaccines because my parents did not have access to health care. My memory goesback to me getting a severe and painful chickenpox infection that took me weeksto recover. It could have been prevented with a vaccine. My goal today is tobecome a nurse and be able to provide care for the neediest and to become a positivechange in those underserved communities in the United States.
I believe we needmore bilingual and bicultural nurses who don’t just understand the language butthe experiences and needs of our multicultural communities. When the nursingworkforce reflects its patient demographics, communication improves thus makingthe patient feel more comfortable. As abilingual nurse, I could really help the Hispanic community who have limitedEnglish-language skills.
The ability to communicate well with patients andmedical team, as well as use my knowledge of the Hispanic culture, is veryvaluable in the care I can deliver to the Spanish-speaking population. It will be a huge accomplishment for me to earn my nursingdegree because I would be the first generation to graduate from college. I wantto show my children that hard work always pays off. Working full time, going toschool, and caring for my two children, can be challenging. To be successful, Ihave learned to manage my time wisely and study hard to earn good grades. I have learned that hardship can only buildstrong character and this is how we develop wisdom. My past experiences havehelped shape the strong woman that I am today.
I aspire to finish my degree asa registered nurse with perseverance, hard work, and dedication.