Nursing will be able to educate patients on medications,

Nursing
is possibly one of the most rewarding profession there is. Established in the
early 18th century, the profession became recognized during Florence
Nightingales era and has remained to be a highly respected profession since ((Brown,
p. 55).  The American Nursing Association
defines the practice as, “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health
and abilities; prevention of illness and injury; alleviation of suffering
through the diagnosis and treatment of human responses; and advocacy in health
care for individuals, families, communities, and populations” (Black, 2017). This
is the aim of the nursing community worldwide to ensure professionals provides
quality care for all, while sustaining their credentials and standards. This is
the 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 is
important to be have set goals, motivational factors and strategies to be
successful.

Goals

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Goals
are an important aspect of nursing. Setting goals has allowed me to have
complete focus and motivation to help me sustain my momentum. I have set aside
four goals that I would like to achieve in the future. The first goal is to
graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing
and successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered
Nurse (NCLEX-RN). After getting my NCLEX, I aim to get a job at a hospital and
perform my duties as a nurse. The second goal is being able to understand my
duties as a nurse and apply my knowledge into the practice. In doing so, I will
be able to educate patients on medications, diagnoses and procedures for
rehabilitation. Nurses play a critical part in patient education, and of such
it is my intention to make sure all patients fully understand any information
provided to them. The third goal is to continue my education in nursing. Continuing
education is essential to safe and effective nursing care as everyday on the
job will bring about new challenges. These challenges could range from new
technology
to medical information and are continually progressing. Acquiring new information
will not only boost my skills, but my knowledge and competence, which will
result in excellent care.

Motivational
Factor

In
August 2012, I moved to a new country with no idea of what I wanted to do with
my life. Slowly adapting to my new environment, I decided to enroll at Palm
Beach State College, and pursue a career in business administration. During my
first semester there, I remember going to class feeling unfulfilled. I knew
this was not something I wanted to do, but I thought as long as I had a degree
it did not matter. During my third semester, things took a turn for the worst
when my grandmother fell ill. My family and I had to put a hold on our lives
just to make sure she got the care she needed. I frequently visited the
hospital to ensure she was getting the proper care she needed and that’s when I
met the nurse who changed my life. I would always notice the nurses and how
pleasant and caring they all were. They would always be smiling and reassuring
us that everything would be okay. I want to reciprocate the kindness that was
shown to me when my grandmother became ill. I am choosing to become a nurse so
I can one day alleviate someone’s pain and give them the same care I would
provide a family member or loved one.

Strategies
for Success

The
workload 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 me
deal with it. Li, Gao, Yang, and Zang States that, “As
newcomers to the clinical workplace, nursing students will encounter a high
degree of role stress, which is an important predictor of burnout and
engagement” (Li, Gao, Yang, and Zang, 2017). Hence why it is important to have
strategies to combat these issues.  Two
strategies that will help me succeed as a nursing student are maintaining a
healthy lifestyle and time management skills.

Maintaining
a healthy lifestyle throughout my educational journey and training will place me
on a healthy path to my future. On average I consume around three bottles of
water daily and eat a balanced meal as often as I can. I also try to exercise
whenever I am given an opportunity to do so. Jackson states that, “There have
been consistent findings that people report feeling calmer after a 20- to
30-minute bout of aerobic exercise, and the calming effect can last for several
hours after exercise” (Exercise and Stress, para. 1).

Time
management skills are an essential for nursing students. Tafreshi
states that, “…it seems that it is necessary to plan for improving time
management skills in order to enhance academic motivation and reduce anxiety
rates among nursing students” (Tafreshi, 2017). Organizing my tasks and having
checkpoints helps to keep the momentum required in order to complete it my task.
 Through effectual time management, I
have more free time to relax and engage in other activities that helps me to
relax.