Initially I did not want to nurse, I was always interested in hospitals but as a young man, nursing had a stigma attached to it; I wanted to do medicine. However, when I didn’t manage to get into my chosen universities for medicine, my mum suggested I tried nursing. As I could work in a variety of clinical situations, learning more about myself and could always go back to study medicine later if i still wanted too. I thought, yeah right mum what to you know!
Reluctantly, I did as my mum told me too and subsequently, I endured a three year degree with unpaid placement hours followed by long night shifts and little time for socialising. It was not just physically hard but emotionally tiresome too. I was tested by situations that most people may only go through a couple of times in their lives if they were lucky enough. However, I am expected to go through it almost every day if need be. To be the rock for people during, most likely, the worst moments of their lives after only knowing them a few hours at most.
I am forced to be adaptable, thrown into situations that others would pay anything to run from. I have come across people from all walks of life. I have seen the good in people. I have seen the bad in people. I have seen disaster and I have seen raw love and kindness. Each day I am taught something by a stranger. I am let into the most intimate parts of peoples lives and trusted to look after peoples loved ones. Not only is this an honour, but it has made me wise beyond my years. I have been a part of a network of amazing people whom work tirelessly each day to do good by each individual that we see. This has exposed me to a huge sense of fulfilment that people travel the world in search of. I have learnt life lessons that for some people it may take an entire lifetime to learn. I am blessed enough to have discovered myself through this profession. Each of the situations I am a part of, I have taken something from. I can look back over my brief nursing career and say that every experience, whether good or bad, has shaped me in to the person I am today.
It has taught me to appreciate all things in life and this in turn has reflected on my relationships with my family and loved ones. Upon reflection of my career so far as a nurse, I can whole heartedly say that I would not change one moment of it for anything. Nursing is a career for everyone and as a proud nurse I can safely say -Mum, you were right.