It was not only for their advice that I took the path of medics but also their deeds and service they offered to the society moved me a lot. I developed an interest in the nursing sector that I worked hard for without losing focus. One thing that reaffirmed my desire to be a nurse is because of my gentle nature that my parents nicknamed me ‘’Nurse’’ because they claimed that I possessed all possible characters of a nurse and they kept insisting that I should strive to be one. They also made my dream possible by providing all possible requirements for me to realize my dream. At the St Francis ICU I where I did my rotation, making a follow up on patients progress was my priority to ensure that even outside hospital patients strictly followed and completed their dose as prescribed.
Reliability and flexibility is what I am also proud to have achieved because during my voluntary works I have been able to operate under tough conditions and I have successfully managed to come out of it. This assures me that even in the near future as I advance my journey in the field I will be in a better position to fully offer my support to whoever I will be working with. I also learned to be trustworthy and honesty which I believe is very essential to nursing. I would open up and seek assistance where I was not sure and whatever mistake I committed including errors in administering drugs to patients I would not hesitate to inform my seniors and colleagues.
Time management was inevitable as I had to catch up with my colleagues who would hand over to us in time to make sure that I received all needed information about the patients to make it easy for me in monitoring because I had to balance between patients who needed intensive attention and those who were much better. Victims of trauma during and after surgery also fall into this category. At the ICU I learned to be cautious when handling data relating to patients because slight mistake and errors in data recording may be fatal. I was also trained on how to be haste and careful to suite the demands of the ICU section. At this section one of the greatest lessons I achieved is courage and confidence when dealing with patient’s families as in most cases they are always anxious to know the state of their loved ones.
Responding to them, encouraging and delivering saddening information needed a lot of skills and creativity because such information is harsh and may cause more damage. Knowing also to diagnose drug and substance abuse by patients was a milestone in my career as it is the integral part of the health fraternity because the substance related complications are not negligible. It has helped me realize the dangers of substance abuse and at the same time detect people who abuse drugs and it has helped me net some and take them for counselling and rehabilitation. I have also taken the initiative of informing their family members on the need to conduct close monitoring on the suspected victims. I also learned critical care practice as a unit that equipped me with skills in carrying out simple body examinations to detect simple infections.
This brought me deeper into the nursing fraternity as my desire grew more and more. To me it was a mixture of feeling as I felt great and at the same time unsure of the responsibilities that accompanied the post. Here I was involved in key decision making on resources management and key strategic plans for the institution. In pursuit of the mission and vision of the hospital. I was assigned a group of nurses to supervise and make sure all the needed support from the institution was made available to them. At this point I perfected my communication skills, enhanced my knowledge and proved my leadership skills as it gave me a sign of pride and professional identity. From Wesley medical Centre I transferred to Paraineview mental health clinic where the experience was extremely different from the previous encounters as this time I was handling aggressive people with brain related issues.
But because of the passion I had to cope with the environment in order to offer my much needed services. I was at this institution on contract and this time around I was paid handsome remuneration. My duties were to provide direct support to individual patients and the medical practitioners in accordance with rules that governs the institution. I also where I conducted physical and mental health assessment on patients on a continuous routine to keep checking and detect any changes to regulate on the administration of drugs in accordance with their conditions. The science subjects I did in my previous schooling gave helped me develop a habit of patience and curiosity because of the long experiments we could do and wait for hours or days to get an outcome.
The curiosity to learn new things and solve human problems is also as a result of science. The religion subject played a key role in encouraging me and keeping me pushing however how hard things are. It also inculcated compassion and desire to serve God through service to humanity. I intent to take my nursing career to the next level to improve on my skills and gain more knowledge on health that will enhance my service delivery and at the same time enable me provide solution to minor and controllable diseases. Exploring nursing educators' use of theory and methods in search for evidence based credibility in nursing education. Shorey, S. , Goh, M. L & Ang, E. The Progression and Future of Nursing in Singapore: A Descriptive Qualitative Study.
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