Being a Nurse Is My Calling

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Nursing, as defined by the American Nurses Association, is the “ protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” (ANA, 2012). This definition includes some of the many reasons, and is reminiscent of personal experiences that I have encountered in my life, which has led me into choosing nursing as my profession. As a young girl and into adulthood, I always knew that I wanted to be in a field where I could help others. As I grew older, I started finding the human body very intriguing, which lead me to realize that I definitely wanted to do something in the health related field. While I was away at college, one of my roommates was a nurse, and she shared with me many stories about her experiences within her career. Each day, I found myself anxiously anticipating her arrival home so that I could hear about her day at the hospital. One of the stories, which I will never forget, was about a young girl who was diagnosed with cancer and was given the prognosis of approximately 6 months to live. She told me some of the necessary procedures and routines that she would have to do for this girl each day, but that one of her main priorities each day, which was not protocol, was making her smile. This was a beautiful thing. I knew then that nursing was the occupation that I was
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