Nursing: Changing the World, One Patient at a Time

Scholarship Entrant: Courtney from Sunrise, FL
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Courtney: 1

Yes… Nursing! If I can earn a living doing what I love the most, I would earn it as a nurse. My passion for nursing began at age 14 when I underwent spinal surgery to correct scoliosis. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine where, in severe cases, can squeeze vital organs and/or make breathing difficult. I was first diagnosed in the sixth grade, at age 11, during a scoliosis screening at school. The curve in my spine worsened over the next three years, so bad that I required surgery. Surgery to correct scoliosis is considered a major surgery. They open your entire back and attach a titanium rod to your spine. Once the rod is fused, the screws are tightened, resulting in the spine straightening.

It was after surgery, really, that developed my nursing passion. After waking from anesthesia, all I wanted was comfort. I don ‘t remember much pre-operatively and obviously nothing during the surgery but what I do remember is waking up in a tremendous amount of pain, being confused, and all I kept hearing was a screaming infant who I believe was in the room next door. Anyway, the nurses did their best to keep me comfortable pain-wise post-operatively however, I felt that nothing was explained to me, as if I was annoying the nurses, and everyone was in such a hurry to get to the next patient. While I understand that nurses are busy, there should always be time to address a worried patient’s concern. I just wish I was treated with a little more compassion.

I kind of always wanted to be a nurse, after all my grandmother, mother, and both sisters are all nurses. But my passion grew more so after my experience with the nurses after my surgery. I want to help others and give support when they need it the most. I want to be able to provide comfort to people who feel at their worst, to truly impact someone’s life for the better. But most importantly, I do not want anyone to experience what I experienced. Nobody should feel lost, rushed, or ignored especially in their time of need. I really do believe that nursing can change the world. Sometimes it’s little things that can make someone’s day. A little confidence, enlightenment, even a smile can mean more that you can ever know.

To make my dream a reality, first I need to complete my schooling and training. I am currently enrolled for 12 credit hours at Florida Gulf Coast University. Of four classes, I am taking two that are pre-requisite courses to be admitted into the nursing program. Over the winter and summer breaks, I will be volunteering at a nursing and rehabilitation facility. This will give me hands-on experience and I am hopeful that I can shadow some of the nurses so I can master techniques. When I am able, normally after sophomore year, I will apply to intern at a local hospital. Some hospitals offer programs to nursing students to work as a “student nurse” under the supervision of a nurse preceptor. I really look forward to what lies ahead for me. I know that with my enthusiasm and determination, I will achieve my goals. This scholarship would be a small step towards achieving my ultimate goal, to become a pediatric nurse. Thank you for your time and you will consider me to be a recipient of this award.

Vote for Courtney: 1

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