Nursing: A Career of Caring and Compassion
held the bag as my grandmother vomited out
her dinner. Where are her bottom teeth? Oh
God. where are her teeth" I fish through
the bag of vomit and pull out my treasure victoriously. What's that
smell? Oh my, looks like its off to the
bathroom we go. I changed her diapers,
wipe her clean. Smelling of
Johnson & Johnson baby talcum powder, she is now snuggled up
in her clean pajamas and tucked away into bed. So peaceful
I watched her in her breathing and snore.
I kiss her forehead. There is nowhere else
I would rather be on this Friday night.
Written above is what you would see in my
journal, had you flipped through the pages back to the beginning of
last summer. What
I wrote, however was not a one-time thing. As the seasons cycled
through, leaves fell to the ground with snow and ice following
their pattern, with at last the green leaves of spring making their
way into the world once again. I've found myself happily going
through a daily routine. This is a routine that consists of balancing
classes and lab work while also caring for
my 91 year
incapacitated grandmother, stricken with severe Dementia.
I am a long way from where I was this time last year. A year ago.
had you told me what I'd be doing on that Friday night, I probably
would have stared at you in disbelief and simply smiled. You see,
was in Boston then, living the "high life"
with a dazzling
career, and an office with four walls and a window, and was jetting
across the United States. During that time. I was living what I
thought I wanted and should be doing: the
age-old story of a twenty-something
spreading her wings and excelling in Corporate America.
the way this past year, I
came to the realization of something more
meaningful than I could
Sometimes, one has to take the
long (say around to finally get back to where they
are needed and are
meant to be). I received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from
Ohio University in June 2005. and made my way to Boston, Massachusetts.
A week after graduation,
I left behind my friends and family. Knowing
no one, but anxious to proverbially get my feet wet in the "real
world", I immediately began rmy career.
The next three year would
see an abundant change
in me, where I would learn a lot about myself, what
I wanted, and ultimately what I believed
is my calling. As mentioned, working in Boston
offered a multitude of
experiences and especially in the Journalism,
Management & Communications career field, I
traveled the world,
planning, coordinating, and executing
various corporate events. But something was missing. It was
through a period of time I spent at home caring for my grandmother
that I was lucky enough to recognize what had been missing from my
life: the humanistic component essential to my own personal growth.
This essential factor had become lost among the cubicle walls and
city streets. I began to yearn for the time in my adolescence when I
volunteered at a local nursing home, as well as the time I spent as
a counselor at the Rotary's Youth Leadership Association camp, so
named for its Rotary International sponsorship. At that time. I knew
I lined what I was doing. but it now occurred to me that my love of
nurturing and caring for others would not be covered
in my chosen field of study. I thought by majoring in my chosen
field, NNW Relations, I would
be working with people and thus
I made the life changing decision to
put my love of learning and my compassionate, nurturing nature to
use. Since this June. motivated by this realization and desire to
become a Registered Nurse (RN). I returned to school to fulfill my
consideration of admission into an Accelerated Degree Nursing
program. As a returning adult student. I find myself in unfamiliar
territory. It's been years since l've been in a chemistry
lab— mixing solutions, and practicing the scientific
method. I've even found myself with fingers numb from writing.
That said, at the end of the day. I rub my eyes,
Ultimately. becoming a nurse combines the two components essential
to my being: the life-long process of learning. and the nurturing
and taking care of others. While it is a drastic change in career
fields. I am confident that I am making the right choice. Because of
who I am. where I've been, and what I've done, I
am able to take
those life experiences and apply them to become a
successful nurse. Being a nurse is obviously more than just being
purely academic to me.
A career in nursing would give me the ability to help and
enrich the lives of others on a
decision to be a nurse is a fulfilling one, and I feel a sense of
personal emotional enrichment as I reach out to embrace the needy
and the less fortunate with love and compassion.