I decided to study nursing because I had the opportunity to become familiar with some of the roles nurses can play. In a work environment, I collaborated with public health nurses focused on the upstream interventions in health promotion. In my personal life, a palliative care nurse greatly facilitated the last days of one of my loved ones. These experiences inspired me to enter the profession where empathy, facilitation, research and communication meet.
I was drawn to nursing because nurses interact directly with patients and have immediate impacts on their lives. I also appreciate the recognition in nursing that health care is not the main determining factor in someone’s health, but rather that the social determinants of health like income and education are the true predictors of health outcomes. Further, nurses are powerful; however in my experience, the best nurses empower others. This aligns very much with my personal values.
I look forward to entering my practice as an RN in the next year and finding a practice area to which I can devote my efforts.