We cannot argue that nursing is a difficult profession, but what we can argue is that it’s a very rewarding one when you have what it takes to deliver excellent patient care. Nurses work in the front line of the medical field and it’s important to master a variety of skills and qualities that are necessary to be successful. A nurse must be drawn to care for the sick and injured with compassion and kindness and at the same time have a desire to make a positive impact on a patient’s life. This is the reason why I decided to go back to school to get my nursing degree. After working in the medical field for a few years, I felt socially connected to people and enjoyed helping and caring for them.
I was born in El Salvador and I grew up noticing the lack of health care in many of the less fortunate communities. I was one of those children who did not get the basic vaccines because my parents did not have access to health care. My memory goes back to when I was a child, getting a severe and painful chickenpox infection that took me weeks to recover. Pain and suffering that could have been prevented with a simple vaccine. My goal today is to become a nurse and be able to provide care for the neediest and to become a positive change in those underserved communities in the United States. I want to give back to the community because giving back is among the most valuable things that I can do for someone else. I also believe we need more bilingual and bicultural nurses who don’t just understand the language but the experiences and needs of our multicultural communities. When the nursing workforce reflects its patient demographics, communication improves thus making the patient feel more comfortable. As a bilingual nurse, I could really help the Hispanic community who have limited English-language skills. The ability to communicate well with patients and medical team, as well as use my knowledge of the Hispanic culture, is very valuable in the care I can deliver to the Spanish-speaking population.
It will be a huge accomplishment for me to earn my nursing degree because I would be the first generation to graduate from college. I want to show my children that hard work always pays off. Working full time, going to school, 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 good grades. I have learned that hardship can only build strong character and this is how we develop wisdom. My past experiences have helped shape the strong woman that I am today. I am ready for this profession that requires mental, emotional, and physical strength. I aspire to finish my degree as a registered nurse with perseverance, hard work, and dedication.