Award Recipient

Sonimol Biju

RBC Diversity in Nursing Fund Award

In my childhood, I never thought that I become a nurse. But now when I’m looking back on my profession, I’m really proud of being a nurse. My aunt was a nurse and a nun as well, serving in the congregation of St. John of God and she truly inspired me and my sister. My aunt’s and her fellow nuns’ care and compassion to the patients were really touching.

When I was in high school, my sister and I often visited the hospital run by the Bothers of St. John of God and the nuns in the hospital always welcomed us wholeheartedly. My visits also caused to sow the seeds of passion for nursing.

After my high school graduation, I expressed my ambition to my aunt; her advice was “don’t consider nursing as a profession but consider as an occasion”. Whenever I’m in uniform I still consider this as an occasion for serving the suffering, and the satisfaction it gives to me is beyond all the monetary benefits. Now, we have two more members to our nursing family, they are my sisters-in-law, and our family is one of the biggest “nursing” family locally. Moreover, when my 10-year-old daughter said she also wants to become a nurse when she grows up, it was exciting and giving me a feeling that I’m really rewarded from my career.

After I become an RN, I was a floor nurse taking care of patients, which I truly love doing. It was challenging at times but very rewarding. I have also done community health nursing and family practice nursing; both of them are passions to me. I love to help patients and their families. I love learning new techniques and procedures. I found that in nursing there is a door to learn something every day.

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