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March 29, 2017
What nursing means to me.
My life has been a constant roller coaster ride! A lot of ups and downs, just like many of us. For me its been schools, moves, people, disappointments, but none the less an adventure. Every move takes a little more than the last one did from you. As I got older, I realized that if I got a meaningful job, we wouldn’t move anymore. That didn’t happen though. Until the day I became a nursing assistant. On my first training shift, I had a woman named Sherrie. I have never seen anyone so excited at their job! We would walk into each individual room, and they would know her by name. It was great, because you see how big of an impact you could make on someone in just a few short hours with them. I've never felt more at home then I did in the hospital. It wasn’t until I walked into Roberts room, that I knew a nurse is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I walked into his room full of smiles, and proceeded to try to wake him up. I finally got him up, but he couldn’t talk. Robert tried really hard to speak, but just pointed at his mouth while tears ran down his face. I got the nurse and she explained to me what happened. His mouth was full of dried blood, and he wasn’t allowed to have any water. After spending a couple days giving him extra attention, he started to be more comfortable with me. He finally let me get the dried blood from his mouth, and he began to actually speak to me through different forms. About thirty minutes before I left everyday, I would read his favorite book to him, and he would laugh and laugh. The day before he died after I was finished reading his book I closed it, and he grabbed my hand and smiled really big. I put the book down, sponged his mouth out, and left. The next day I came in, and went straight to his room to find an empty bed. I've never felt heartbreak like that. From that day forward I promised myself that I would be a nurse and help as many people as I could!