Nursingis possibly one of the most rewarding profession there is.
Established in theearly 18th century, the profession became recognized during FlorenceNightingales era and has remained to be a highly respected profession since ((Brown,p. 55). The American Nursing Associationdefines the practice as, “the protection, promotion, and optimization of healthand abilities; prevention of illness and injury; alleviation of sufferingthrough the diagnosis and treatment of human responses; and advocacy in healthcare for individuals, families, communities, and populations” (Black, 2017).
Thisis the aim of the nursing community worldwide to ensure professionals providesquality care for all, while sustaining their credentials and standards. This isthe basis of the nursing profession and the foundation on which it was built.However the task of becoming a nurse is not an easy one and of such, it isimportant to be have set goals, motivational factors and strategies to besuccessful.GoalsGoalsare an important aspect of nursing. Setting goals has allowed me to havecomplete focus and motivation to help me sustain my momentum.
I have set asidefour goals that I would like to achieve in the future. The first goal is tograduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursingand successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination-RegisteredNurse (NCLEX-RN). After getting my NCLEX, I aim to get a job at a hospital andperform my duties as a nurse. The second goal is being able to understand myduties as a nurse and apply my knowledge into the practice.
In doing so, I willbe able to educate patients on medications, diagnoses and procedures forrehabilitation. Nurses play a critical part in patient education, and of suchit is my intention to make sure all patients fully understand any informationprovided to them. The third goal is to continue my education in nursing. Continuingeducation is essential to safe and effective nursing care as everyday on thejob will bring about new challenges.
These challenges could range from newtechnologyto medical information and are continually progressing. Acquiring new informationwill not only boost my skills, but my knowledge and competence, which willresult in excellent care.MotivationalFactorInAugust 2012, I moved to a new country with no idea of what I wanted to do withmy life. Slowly adapting to my new environment, I decided to enroll at PalmBeach State College, and pursue a career in business administration. During myfirst semester there, I remember going to class feeling unfulfilled. I knewthis was not something I wanted to do, but I thought as long as I had a degreeit did not matter.
During my third semester, things took a turn for the worstwhen my grandmother fell ill. My family and I had to put a hold on our livesjust to make sure she got the care she needed. I frequently visited thehospital to ensure she was getting the proper care she needed and that’s when Imet the nurse who changed my life.
I would always notice the nurses and howpleasant and caring they all were. They would always be smiling and reassuringus that everything would be okay. I want to reciprocate the kindness that wasshown to me when my grandmother became ill. I am choosing to become a nurse soI can one day alleviate someone’s pain and give them the same care I wouldprovide a family member or loved one. Strategiesfor SuccessTheworkload of nursing students is intense, not only maintaining academic studies,but also a work/life balance and so I have come up with solutions to help medeal with it. Li, Gao, Yang, and Zang States that, “Asnewcomers to the clinical workplace, nursing students will encounter a highdegree of role stress, which is an important predictor of burnout andengagement” (Li, Gao, Yang, and Zang, 2017). Hence why it is important to havestrategies to combat these issues. Twostrategies that will help me succeed as a nursing student are maintaining ahealthy lifestyle and time management skills.
Maintaininga healthy lifestyle throughout my educational journey and training will place meon a healthy path to my future. On average I consume around three bottles ofwater daily and eat a balanced meal as often as I can. I also try to exercisewhenever I am given an opportunity to do so. Jackson states that, “There havebeen consistent findings that people report feeling calmer after a 20- to30-minute bout of aerobic exercise, and the calming effect can last for severalhours after exercise” (Exercise and Stress, para. 1).
Timemanagement skills are an essential for nursing students. Tafreshistates that, “…it seems that it is necessary to plan for improving timemanagement skills in order to enhance academic motivation and reduce anxietyrates among nursing students” (Tafreshi, 2017). Organizing my tasks and havingcheckpoints helps to keep the momentum required in order to complete it my task. Through effectual time management, Ihave more free time to relax and engage in other activities that helps me torelax.