I have never met a child who did not, in his childhood, admire either a doctor, a nurse, or any healthcare professional. Growing up as a child in Saudi Arabia, I too nurtured such dreams that turned into the aspirations of my teen age years. I believe it is because I have always had a deep desire to make a difference in people’s lives in a way that I can feel fulfilled and useful. Although I do not come from a family of nurses, something inside me fuelled my desire to become a nurse hoping that it would be the fulfillment of my goal to help people.
I do not come from a family with a medical background. I am the third daughter in my family and considered to be the eldest child. So the expectations for me to follow into the family business was high. Instead, I got married, had three wonderful children, and followed my own dreams and ambitions. My family is not one with its roots in the medical services area and yet, the family supported my goals in life an did everything that was possible for them to help me achieve my vision. They believed in my leadership skills and abilities even when my Nursing classes at the Health Science College for Girls in Saudi took up majority of my time while I was completing my 3 years and a half nursing course there. From my husband, I learned how to become focused and manage my time properly so that I would always be able to make time for him, our children, and my career as I practiced my nursing career during the 3 years after my graduation.
I consider my family, most specially my children to be my first priority in life. But I also consider honing my skills as a nurse to be just as important. Specially if, like me, you have dreams of becoming a surgical and pharmacological nurse in the future. So, I make sure that the activities I have with my children will not only enhance their emerging skills and motor faculties, but mine as well. People who know me ask me how I developed very steady hands, almost like a surgeon. My answer is simple, when you teach your children about shapes and sizes, you tend to draw a lot. That is a skill that requires a steady hand and that is how I developed mine. When you have three hyper active children, your observation skills also become keen. So I notice many things and tend to double check on my children and the things they are eating or drinking. A skill that comes in handy when serving as an ICU or pharmacological nurse.
I have always prided myself in always facing my challenges head on and beating the odds. My friends and relatives know that I am the “go to” person in times of necessity and chaos. I always have a level head about me even during the most stressful of situations because I know that panic has no room in our lives. Panic causes chaos and misjudgments. Two of the most lethal errors that a nurse can make that have to be avoided by the practitioner in totality.
With the help of the other science classes I enrolled in at Columbus State Community College, I have learned an even greater deal about the call of the nursing profession. I have learned that it is not all medical facts and figures, a nurse needs to have heart as well. For it is the compassion and care of a nurse that often helps to cheer up the depressed patient or even heal the dying patient. I have done my best to hone those skills and acquire the proper nursing personality within myself by volunteering at hospitals and working directly with patients when I am given the chance. Part of my strengths as a nurse lies in my capability to provide phone interpretation for hospitals that I volunteer at as well as personal interpretation for doctors and patients who require my language skills.
I realize that the road to becoming an Americanized nurse will be long and difficult. But because I know that my sense of fulfillment career wise lies in the nursing field I will do my very best to accomplish my goal. Through sheer determination, hard work, proper ethics, and having the attitude to succeed, I know that I will be an asset to your school once I am given the chance to attend the classes required to complete the Masters in Nursing program. Failure is not an option for me. That, I believe, is the only attitude a successful nurse should have.
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