Sample donated: Christine Reynolds
Last updated: September 12, 2019
We cannot argue that nursingis a difficult profession, but what we can argue is that it’s a very rewardingone when you have what it takes to deliver excellent patient care. Nurses workin the front line of the medical field and it’s important to master a varietyof skills and qualities that are necessary to be successful. A nurse must bedrawn to care for the sick and injured with compassion and kindness and at thesame time have a desire to make a positive impact on a patient’s life. This isthe reason why I decided to go back to school to get my nursing degree. Afterworking in the medical field for a few years, I felt socially connected to peopleand enjoyed helping and caring for them.I was born in ElSalvador and I grew up noticing the lack of health care in many of the lessfortunate communities. I was one of those children who did not get the basicvaccines because my parents did not have access to health care.
My memory goesback to when I was a child, getting a severe and painful chickenpox infection thattook me weeks to recover. Pain and suffering that could have been preventedwith a simple vaccine. My goal today is to become a nurse and be able toprovide care for the neediest and to become a positive change in thoseunderserved communities in the United States. I want to give back to thecommunity because giving back is among the most valuable things that I can dofor someone else. I also believe we need more bilingual and bicultural nurseswho don’t just understand the language but the experiences and needs of ourmulticultural communities. When the nursing workforce reflects its patientdemographics, communication improves thus making the patient feel morecomfortable.
As a bilingual nurse, Icould really help the Hispanic community who have limited English-languageskills. The ability to communicate well with patients and medical team, as wellas use my knowledge of the Hispanic culture, is very valuable in the care I candeliver to the Spanish-speaking population. It will be a huge accomplishment for me to earn my nursingdegree because I would be the first generation to graduate from college. I wantto show my children that hard work always pays off.
Working full time, going toschool, and caring for my two children, has been challenging. To be successful,I have learned to manage my time wisely and study hard to earn goodgrades. I have learned that hardship canonly build strong character and this is how we develop wisdom. My past experienceshave helped shape the strong woman that I am today. I am ready for thisprofession that requires mental, emotional, and physical strength.
I aspire tofinish my degree as a registered nurse with perseverance, hard work, anddedication.