Foundations For Lifelong Learning For Nursing

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Nursing is a compilation of finely tuned skills to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family. To me personally it was also a calling and an opportunity to combine my passion for helping others with my interest in the science of the human body. The many years spent as a bedside nurse and in leadership roles have provided me with experiences that have shaped me in one way or another and allowed me to build on those skills. Foundations for Lifelong Learning in Nursing, a class offered by Northwest Christian University, has provided concepts through readings, videos and discussion that will continue to develop a stronger foundation in me from which to serve (Northwest Christian University, 2015). One does not have to look far to find an invitation to participate in a sacred moment in the life of a patient. They happen every day. Creating a Sacred Encounter (Chapman, 2015, p. 4) comes when we recognize that invitation and respond to it in a loving way that meets the need of the patient. Recognizing that each moment with an individual can evolve into a Sacred Encounter (Chapman, 2015, p. 4) has caused me to have a heightened awareness of presence with every individual I interact with (Chapman, 2015, p. 145). First and foremost I am a nurse and secondly a leader. I admit keeping both in perspective to meet the needs of my caregivers holistically and maintaining leadership is challenging. Maintaining focus on what is best for the patient and
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