Over the years, I have had the privilege of interacting with many different patients in various clinical settings. My experiences fueled my studies in nursing. As I observed the compassionate nature of the healthcare team and their commitment to providing patients with exceptional care, I became inspired to one day serve my own patients with the same level of care.
In my current accelerated nursing program, I am learning the clinical components of nursing, taking courses in pathophysiology, anatomy, and physiology. In addition to these clinical courses, I am learning the ethical components of the nursing profession.
My ultimate goal as a nurse is to help others during some of their most vulnerable moments and provide hope to them in situations that may otherwise seem hopeless. I understand the pivotal role nurses play in the delivery of medical care. As nurses, we are the first line of defense for the patient. The care that we provide has the potential to change the entire trajectory of a patient’s life. As a result, nurses must be well-versed in the intricate details of the human body and master the different pharmaceutical options. Nurses are in a unique position to improve patient outcomes as they are heavily involved in patient care. Due to this unique position, nurses must work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to ensure patients receive exceptional care.
As a nurse, I will use my teamwork skills to work collaboratively with each member of the healthcare team to ensure each patient encounter is successful. Leading with integrity and communicating with others with respect are essential parts of my success as a nurse. Nursing allows me to use my passion for helping others to directly impact lives.
In nursing school, I have learned about the ethical components of healthcare. In my future nursing career, I will care for patients in life-threatening situations. In order to effectively care for patients in acute situations, I must first prioritize the patient’s wishes. As a future healthcare professional, I understand the importance of patient autonomy. There are some patients who would prefer not to be “saved.” I believe this is the first step in dealing with patients in emergency situations. The next step, I believe, will be ensuring that each member of the healthcare team knows the specific role they will play in delivering life-saving medical techniques such as CPR. One member of the healthcare team may monitor the patient’s heart rate while another may administer CPR. Another may have a defibrillator on hand just in case the CPR efforts are unsuccessful. Effective and clear communication will be an integral part of this process. I will also need to stay calm in this situation.
In my past experiences in college, and beyond, I have been in different stressful situations. These situations have allowed me to develop and adopt different techniques to remain calm. I regularly practice different self-care techniques such as mindfulness and gratitude to ensure that I am mentally prepared for the challenges each day may bring. As a nurse, and healthcare professional, it is impossible to predict the challenges that may arise while caring for patients. I have found it effective to practice mindfulness which is the practice of staying rooted in the present moment. I also practice gratitude and remind myself of all of the positive aspects of my life, so I never lose the zeal to help patients. I hope to employ these self-care techniques to help maintain my composure in stressful situations and deliver patient-centered care to the patients I serve in the future.