2008 Winning Essay

2008 A Nurse I Am Scholarship winners were asked to answer the following: In 750 words or less, how did "A Nurse I Am" change or enhance your perception of nursing as a career? Using one of the nurses on the film as a role model, explain why someone should pursue nursing as a career.

Coretta Collins

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Update 3/2/2009

I will be graduating this May and I plan to take the boards very soon after and I can't wait. I plan to work at a hospital and ultimately go to graduate school.

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Winning Essay

Compassion, concern, commitment and caring are what I consider my four C’s of nursing. These qualities are of utmost importance in the nursing profession and throughout most aspects of life. Viewing the presentation, A Nurse I Am, enhanced my perception of nursing by reiterating the passion that I already have and further ignited my excitement about becoming a nurse.

I noticed that the four C’s were evident in each of the nurses chosen for the presentation. I especially liked and appreciated how they were all different in their personalities and approaches but still had the same objective in mind. It was interesting to see them in action providing nursing care in different ways, seeing their interaction with the patients and seeing the patients’ response to them. It was very evident that the patients felt loved and cared about by the nurses providing the care for them.

However, the nurse most prominent to me was Bob. He is definitely my favorite of the presentation and truly my role model! His sincerity and compassion is exuded beyond the film. I felt myself tearing up just watching him in action. He is a prime example of what I hope to continue to become. A nurse with enough compassion for the masses, who is genuinely concerned about your well-being and your life, who is committed to your care by doing all that he can with the resources available in the most caring way imaginable, that is Bob.

Bob further inspired and touched me because his specialty comprises my two top nursing interests; pediatrics and oncology. Watching him made me consider the possibility of one day becoming a pediatric oncology nurse. Until then my interest had lie in two areas separately. I have always been passionate about children and suffering the loss of my own child has had altruistic effects on me. Along with this, I became engaged in oncology when my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. While being her primary caregiver, I was so enthralled with the excellent care the nurses provided her and the sense that oncology nursing was their “calling”. Their interactions with the patients were beyond what I had experienced from others. Since these instances I have felt tugged in one or both of these directions as these experiences are what helped shape my desire to become a nurse. Bob brought those memories racing back! It is refreshing and renewing.

I really appreciate the film and Bob especially, for opening my eyes to yet another possible nursing career opportunity. It was obvious looking at him that his career is rewarding and that he is fulfilled with the choice that he made. These are the sentiments that I have now and want to continue to portray when I have been a nurse for many, many years.

If someone were to ask me, “Why should I pursue a career in nursing?”, I would ask them to take a seat because the list goes on and on. As evidenced through Bob, nursing is not just a job, but a career. Nursing is rewarding in that you can help and care for people in most vulnerable times. Nursing is full of learning and different experiences. Nursing allows you to teach, advocate, and counsel. Nursing is versatile in that there are so many things you can do as a nurse. Nursing provides opportunities for advancement. Nursing allows you to make a difference in the lives of people, communities and the world. These are just some of the reasons one should pursue nursing, that is, if it for them.

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