When it comes to choosing a specialty, the majority of us are trying to pick up the one which will give us financial freedom. However, when you are inspired with the profession, you might not look at the financial aspect and mainly focus on what you like to do or what kind of contribution you can bring into the field. People who are thinking about their contribution are often talented scientists, honest police officers or lawyers and usually, they are successful in what they are doing because they made the right choice. And there are numerous such specialties which require talent or a strong will to help and nursing is among them. In my essay, I decided to answer the question what inspired me to become a nurse. And I can say for sure that there are numerous reasons, but the main was evident. A lot of people are still keep asking me why do you want to be a nurse, and they are getting the same answer. It was well-known disease – cancer. From the attitude to it my nursing path began it way, and I have started to research and to learn more about this specialty.
So, why do I want to be a nurse who helps patients with cancer? There are a lot of specialized nurses who have various talents; however, nurses who are working with people who have cancer are different. They are aimed not only to provide needed by the patient treatment but also to support this person, share with the person the will to live, help his or her relatives to overcome depressed thoughts about the future.
Nurses who are taking care of cancer patients are real angels and not looking on hard emotional conditions surrounding them they are trying to stay positive and to make the life of their patients different.
When we are speaking about cancer, we imagine a bold pale person who is dying from that disease. However, in most cases, it is not true. The person, who fights cancer, is strong morally. He or she is trying to be positive no matter how hard the path, and help not only themselves to fight, but also others who support them. These people probably ones who now how high the cost of life and how easy to lose it. And supporting them is a great choice when you want your occupation to be connected with such an important thing.
First, I thought about this career path when I saw the film The Bucket List (2007) by talented producer Rob Reiner. It was the story of two different men who had a fatal form of cancer. They created the list of things they wanted to do before they die, and followed it. This film shows how the view of a person changes when he or she hears the diagnosis, and how the will to life can modify the disease flow. Of course, the end of the story was unexpected, and one of the main heroes died, but the second got a chance for a new life. I think this film is about how hard circumstances change the life of people, their thoughts, and relationships.
Another reason for nursing career path choice was different fundraising campaigns I see online each day, on Facebook people from different countries asking for the help. They are looking for money to fight the disease and each day we are losing beautiful individuals who didn’t have money to overcome cancer. These stories are hard to read, and because I am not able to help financially these people, I decided to support them in another way, to become a nurse and take care and support them in a professional way.
The first step besides reading and researching nursing programs was visiting medical center which helps kids with cancer and their parents. It was the hardest thing for me in my life, to see such sweet beautiful and smart children who from their birth are fighting a disease. They are just kids, who want to go to school, have friends and spend time in the park with their parents. They are dreaming of becoming healthy and living like other kids, enjoying sports and spending time with their parents. For Christmas, they wish health to everyone surrounding them. Here children of 10-12 years old are older than the majority of adults, because they do understand how much the life costs and do have the will to live; I saw it in their eyes.
I was just a volunteer who helped with simple day to day tasks at the center. I saw smiling nurses who used toys, candies and other things to help kids to go through treatment procedures: hours under medicine droppers, pricks and pills intake, different analysis and examinations – everything was carried out with love and special attention to each small person here.
The next step in my future nursing path was visiting adults’ cancer center to help there. Here are older people fighting with this illness. And this place is also full of positive people who support each other. Nurses here are tired but ready to help. Each day they help people medically and psychologically. And this is a great job because without this support patients won’t be successful in their fight. It is great to be surrounded by kindhearted people, and I want to become a part of this community because I want to share with all these people my will to life.
I want to be a nurse who is helping to fight with disease; I want to support people who are in a bad situation and need support and stimulation to fight. I want to be a nurse who inspires others, helps them to overcome depression.
I want to be a nurse who is professional and able to prescribed treatment, reduce pain, save life and much more. I want to be a nurse who helps in one way or another. I want to be a nurse because I love making the world different and friendly to anyone.
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What Inspired Me to Become a Nurse?
Posted on March 29, 2013 by Marian University Nursing
On March 19, Indianapolis accelerated nursing program student Shelly Brosseau learned that an essay she wrote about her path to nursing won her a scholarship from the Indianapolis Star. The essay contest was held in conjunction with the Star’s eleventh annual Salute to Nurses event. Here is Shelly’s essay.
What inspired me to become a nurse?
Cancer. There are so many special nurses with countless talents that influenced my decision, but cancer is really where this student’s nursing path began.
We received the initial call with the results of my husband Cameron’s tests on April Fool’s Day of 2010, which was ironic as we spent the next six months wishing the call was some horrible joke.
After meeting with the oncologist for confirmation and diagnosis, end-stage pancreatic cancer, Cam and I walked out clinging to each other. Stupefied and numb with the words, “Get your things in order, this is going to take your life.” Surreal and hazy thoughts filled our minds as we walked down the hall to meet with the nurses who would handle his care.
From the beginning it was evident these nurses weren’t there just to treat a disease. They were there to treat my husband. In Cam they saw not a diagnosis, but a man, a husband, a father, son, brother and friend. They saw a brave and amazing person.
Compassion, wisdom, skill, strength, support, hugs and tears, all were shared generously and so started my journey, my aspiring to be for others what these beautiful people had been for us.
Through the battle that was to be the last six months of my husband’s time with us, our lives expanded to include nurses from so many disciplines: oncology, radiology, emergency, operating room, anesthesia, home health, hospice, and many more.
Within each we found answers, advocates, support, and sincere care for our fight. Cancer is a battle, a war that is fought with human emotion as much as with chemotherapy or radiation. We were blessed with nurses that not only understood the battle, but were equipped with an arsenal of skills and a fearless, tireless dedication. They faced the battle with us at every step.
With every step, I became more convinced that I too, would one day be the nurse that provided this care to another family in need. You see, for several years before Cam’s battle, we had talked about me going back to school to become a nurse. We had decided when our children were both in school all day I would begin that journey. When cancer laid siege on our lives and I found myself surrounded by these special nurses, the message was clear. Nursing was what I was meant to do.
My husband wanted the time he had left with us to be spent with family and in our home.
I was going to do whatever it took to ensure his wishes were granted. Because of the nurses I was able to make that happen.
I was patiently educated and trained to care for various drains, wound and incision dressing, oxygen, administering meds, pain control, nutrition, mobility, and more.
The nurses shared countless skills which enabled me to be an active part of his care team. The emotional need to care for my husband was paralleled by his feelings of comfort in my care. I will always owe a great debt of gratitude for that gift made possible by our nurses and the wisdom and empathy so evident in their care.
My husband told me I was his favorite nurse, and I teased that he was just saying that so I would be gentle with his next shot. We laughed a lot as I learned new skills and our loving, patient nurses would guide me through every detail I asked of them. One day near the end of our war, my husband woke while I changed a dressing on a drain in his chest. He placed his hand on my wrist and said, “You really will be an amazing nurse someday,” and he fell back to sleep, smiling at me.
Our nurses encouraged me to join the profession, always ready to talk with me and share wisdom and support. I chose Marian University for St.Vincent Health, and their accelerated BSN program.
I want to be that amazing nurse. I want to give others what was so generously given to us, care that cannot always cure but that always matters, always makes a difference.
I want to share in the dedication to care for others as part of a cancer-care team. Cancer took so much away from my family. Through that loss has grown a strength and determination to fight back, to advocate for brave patients in their own wars now.
Mychelle “Shelly” Brosseau
Class of December 2013