At 17 years old, I had the grueling task of deciding
how I wanted to spend 40 plus years of my life. I always aspired to land a
career in the medical field, so I majored in biology like most pre-med
hopefuls, but during my junior year, I no longer desired to become a physician.
The medical field was calling out to me, but the specialty of focus was
incorrect. After graduation, I went back to the basics and put my
nursing assistant certification to use.?
I was introduced to the field of nursing by assisting my mother and her
interdisciplinary team on a hospice case. It showed me how autonomous the job
as a holistic hospice nurse is. The amount of dignity and care they provided
for both the patients and their family during the final phase of their loved ones’ life was unfathomable, being able to help maintain the
respect for human life not only physically, but spiritually as well, was an enriching
experience. It gave me an
entirely new outlook on life and death. I fell in love with the
amount of compassion and empathy I was able to pour into our patients. It has made me very proud of my title as a
currently assigned to a 96-year-old
patient who came home from rehab due to a fractured ankle. I assist him with his daily activities and
needs. Applying basic practical nursing skills as a CNA has allowed me to become more comfortable with patient
care. While working in the nursing field, I have realized how tenacious one needs to be. You must give yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually to meet the
needs of your patient.
Although I was
unable to build the career I desired with my biology degree, it has laid a
vital foundation I need to excel in a rigorous nursing program. Obtaining a
nursing degree will be the first major
step towards receiving a master’s in nursing and becoming a family nurse practitioner. In the future, I aim to open an independent
practice and participate in humanitarian work with Medecins Sans Frontières. I want to educate and care for people on a global
nursing school to attend has been one of my most daunting tasks. I aspire to
attend a school that will not only prepare me academically but will also
instill me with the skills to become a safe, competent nurse. The reputation of
the George Washington University School of Nursing stands alone, as it is
ranked as one of the top 10 programs in the nation.
Along with this, what has intrigued
me about the program is GWU’s ability to give students an opportunity to learn
beyond the classroom. GWU prepares students to become leaders and advocators;
whether it’s working in a clinical environment, providing care to underserved communities across the world or influencing
policy to meet the demands of our ever-changing healthcare system.?There is no better school to attend and
continue my devotion to my studies, than George Washington University.