My nursing journey has been full of highs and lows, an adventure filled with happiness, joy, excitement, frustration, tears, anxiety, and moments of “Am I really meant for this?” Yet, despite the emotional roller coaster ride, one thing has remained constant and that is the gratitude that comes with being a NURSE.
A smile from a patient or token of appreciation, like a simple "thank you" speaks volumes beyond words. No one can really prepare you for your own nursing journey. The nursing journey is a true test of resilience physically, mentally, and spiritually. Many times along the way, I found myself digging deep to remember why I started the journey in the first place.
Since I was very young, my heart was set on being a nurse. After applying to a couple of schools, I decided to go with the nursing school that offered a masters degree in three years. I did not quite know what I was getting myself into, however, what I did know was that my passion for nursing was bigger than any other fear I had.
Nursing school was a grueling undertaking to say the least. From tireless nights of studying, arduous exams, and long days of lab work, the journey seemed endless. One of the factors that kept me going was experiencing patient care during clinical rotations. My clinical experience allowed me to see firsthand what it was like to be a nurse. In the clinical setting I was able to apply my nursing skills, and really feel like a healthcare professional. I will always remember the way my patients made me feel after taking care of them for the day.
My nursing school journey cannot be described, without mentioning the motivation of one of my clinical preceptors. She guided me with unconditional support and was a pivotal factor to my success.
The most anticipated part of nursing school was sitting in for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). I knew it was going to be the most difficult exam I had taken up to that point and I was overwhelmed. Almost, midway through my exam I felt defeated and exhausted but I was not about to let my mind take over and give up. After taking some moments to regroup and giving myself a pep talk, I went back into the exam room full force and tried my best to center my thoughts.
I am a huge believer in the power of the mind. I believe that people have the ability to control how they confront situations with the mindset they create for themselves. After a stressful wait period, I finally received the news that I had passed my NCLEX. The happiness I felt with this great news was indescribable. I read my name over and over with the words “registered nurse” beside it and tears of joy flowed down my face as I smiled the biggest grin ever.
Fast forward to the present, I now work at a medical office doing what I love and I could not be happier. I am able to see the faces of my smiling patients as I do what I can to make a positive impact in their lives. My nursing journey is far from being done; I am continuing down the road of consistent learning. For now, I look forward to a path of growth, transformation, and reinvention. Vanessa ~ OneLove
"No matter how difficult the days may get,
never forget the reason you became a nurse."
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