2007 Winning Essay

2007 A Nurse I Am Scholarship winners were asked to answer the following: In 500 words or less, please tell us what "A Nurse I Am" meant to you.

Winnie Wong

Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health

Hi, my name is Winnie Wong and I am currently a full-time nursing student at Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health. My decision to pursue a nursing career came about as a result of my own experiences as a patient when I gave birth to my son Anthony. I was a seventeen-year-old single mother and a high school drop out who was headed nowhere in terms of a career. If it were not for those nurses who encouraged and motivated me to beat the statistics of teenage motherhood, I would not be “enjoying” the challenges of nursing school today. It was from these experiences that I realized how valuable nurses are to healthcare. Without their warmth and patience, my stay in the hospital would have been a scary and lonely one. I learned during that hospital stay that the nursing scope of practice is much more than injections and assessments. Nurses are counselors, teachers, and advocates for what is right.

For me, the idea of an excellent nurse is one that addresses not just the medical and physical aspects of the job, but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of the patient. These are integral parts of the many facets of nursing that were presented in the extraordinary nurses in the film, A Nurse I Am. These nurses, each in their own unique way, exhibited collaboratively not just the job of a nurse, but he embodiment of sharing the human struggle for health and well-being. A Nurse I Am, has captured in these four individuals the creativity, compassion, and selflessness no amount of schooling can teach. This film has inspired me to look within myself and identify my own unique qualities as a mother, a friend, and a daughter. These are the qualities that will guide me through the many challenges I may face in delivering patient care. As an aspiring nurse, this film makes me proud to be in route to such a purposeful and rewarding career.

Should I be fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship from Cherokee Uniforms organization, it will be used to fund my way to Kenya. Our voluntary group of fellow nursing students led by one of our nursing instructors, plan to travel to Kenya next summer to provide support and care to those affected by HIV and AIDS. With this experience I hope to broaden my perspective in healthcare and life. My focus as a future nurse is to do the best of my ability utilizing the skills school and life has taught me to provide exceptional care as portrayed in, A Nurse I Am.

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