Growing up…

I never thought I would become a nurse when I grew up. It simply wasn’t on my radar. I was lucky to not have to spend any time in hospitals so I really had no idea what a nurse even did. I don’t even remember seeing the school nurse. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had a few different ideas. Actor, Veterinarian, and later Band director.

Settling on the decision

I went to school for music education for 3 years before realizing it wasn’t for me. No matter how much time I spent in front of large ensembles I never got comfortable. I was a nervous wreck all the time. I also wasn’t good enough at my instrument to advance to junior and senior standing so I basically felt stuck.

I decided to serve a mission for my church and then switch schools when I got home. The music program at my new school was even more competitive than my old school. I did make it into the marching band and continued to play in non-audition groups. I had to pick a new major though.

I remember doing a google search for different career choices,  one of which was nursing. I liked that when I was done with school I would have a career. Being able to serve and teach those that I would care for was important to me too. I liked that it was a more one on one setting rather than being in front of a large group. For all of these reasons, I decided to pursue a nursing degree

Nursing school

Nursing school was a whirlwind of new experiences that I wasn’t totally prepared for. I began working as a CNA(certified nursing assistant) to help get introduced to the healthcare community as well. This taught me that nursing was extremely challenging, but also rewarding. I realized that there was a huge amount of knowledge to acquire, and even with that knowledge you would find yourself in new situations nearly every day (this is still true after nearly 4 years of being a nurse).

A challenging career that is nearly always worth it.

There are days where I question my career choice because they are so stressful and challenging. I have encountered some of the meanest people around. Juggling the care of multiple patients is extremely hard. Seeing disease and sickness can weigh on my spirit. Knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life makes it worth it though. I have met so many nice optimistic people who have made an impact on me. I have great co-workers that make the days more even more enjoyable. I consider it an honor to be a nurse and love to be able to serve those around me throughout my day.

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  1. Rachel,
    One of the hardest things we have to face in nursing is dealing with other peoples anger. I have learned that sometimes when family members think you aren’t doing enough for their loved one, it is often because they feel helpless and scared.
    I know how frustrating it all is when you are doing your best, and someone perceives you are doing very little.
    When we focus on family-centered care it gives you a different perspective.
    I can tell by your post that you have the heart of a healer. Trust in yourself and do your best. That is all you can do!

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