This page contains various pictures that represent who I am as a student, athlete and person.
It just felt right. I decided to transfer out of a Kinesiology program at Wilfrid Laurier University after two years in the program to pursue a career in nursing. Not an easy decision, but nonetheless, the right one. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, I just never knew exactly what that would be. I was also always a competitive athlete. I made the decision to quit my sport of curling completely. I can honestly say that I had Olympic Dreams, but the sudden urge to pursue this career made my shift my focus. So, I left Laurier University and moved back home to make this career happen. My commitment to being the best at something I can be will be a seamless transition into nursing. I now have goals that surpass my athletic dreams.
Looking ahead to my first clinical placement in NURS 1020, I have multiple goals that I set for myself that I am going to work towards during my time in a residential/long term care facility. Each of my goals are specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and have a timeline associated with them.
The following contains my personal philosophy of nursing, in which I plan to carry forward into my future nursing career. I truly believe nursing is a profession that requires the commitment and promise to service the public and an unquestionable desire to help those in their most vulnerable time. I suggest that nursing is much, much more than the treatment of an illness, disease or medical condition. Rather, it is about individualizing the needs of each patient and delivering the highest quality of patient care possible. My nursing philosophy focuses on a holistic approach to practice, combining medical knowledge with compassionate care, focusing on each patient as a whole and as a human being. The values I believe are important in the nursing profession are health, communication, passion and balance.
The values we as nurses hold true to ourselves do not simply go away at the end of a shift. It encompasses who we are, and allows us to prioritize values in terms of importance in our lives. The values that I believe are most influential and evident in my life and my future career as a nurse include health, passion, communication and knowledge. I will explore each of these in greater detail.