Emergency Department RN
Doctorate of Nursing Practice Student in Psych/Mental Health - Rutgers University
After my senior year of high school, being the first to graduate from a US high school within my immediate family, and with my lack of guidance, my future was uncertain for the professional world of independence. At first, my years at Fashion Institute of Technology has led me to my experiences in fashion design, which I have considered a fantastic exploration of maintaining my hobby in fine arts. As a college student, I eventually needed to find employment, which led me to a per diem job position, working at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. Being a registrar and then as an Emergency Room technician, a job that has given me insight intricacies of the health care profession. This field of work provided personal satisfaction in the caring arts that I thought was always in me
My next move was to pursue a degree in bachelors in biology that eventually would have given me the background to apply to a medical school. From biological sciences, organic chemistry, and physics classes that led to the MCATs and medical school applications, I reflected as to why I was never been in tuned to the excitement about being a physician. To wonder why I lost motivation, lacked interest, and to discontinue my submissions, I worked extra days to explore my curiosity, if my passion for patient and philosophical interventions for helping people still had an impact on my self fulfilment - it did but in a different aspect of medicine. It was working closely and side by side with the nurses in my unit that persuaded me to switch gears to nursing.
The Emergency Room nurses whom I had the pleasure of working with provided the inspiration to anchor my enthusiasm for nursing. Observing them in their constant interactions with patients and their practical virtuosity at the bedside propelled my desire to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable patients. I believe that the profession proves its best in caring, advocating, and promoting the health of individuals, family, and communities across the health care systems.
Within the next five years…
As for now I am uncertain of where my career in nursing may lead me, but what I have learned as a nursing student from NYU College of Nursing, I know that my education must continue to the graduate level, if not for the rest of my life. Based on this notion, I continue to pursue my bedside experience as an Emergency Room and Psychiatric ER nurse, but in the process, I have decided to apply for my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), have been accepted, and will commence towards that degree starting this fall semester. I believe that nurses in this profession, which has a solid background in independence and autonomy, must continue and follow their dream, in advancing their education, for the greater good. Within the next five years, I can and hopefully state that being accepted in the Doctoral of Nursing Program, I will be able to continue to care for my patients, with a new skill set. I am convinced that nurse must do their best to educate their clients, instill hope and boost up the resiliency of persons under their care. This is particularly important and sorely needed amidst the overwhelming burden of incurable, non-communicable diseases. I envision that my advanced nursing degree will not only help my patients, but to also educate aspiring nursing students about the immense contributions of the nursing profession in the health of our nation.
Vision of the NYC Men In Nursing
Since I have joined the group, I have been grateful for the professional development opportunities and social networking events. I began attending the monthly meetings on my first year of nursing school and have been very intrigued by the leaders and guest speakers with their knowledge and expertise. Their generosity of time and their practical advice is a great resource. For past, current, and future members, I hope that this association will continue to grow and expand the vision of educating members of this society and include the male nurses as a vital partner within the realm of nursing.
Legacy of Male Nurses
Although male nurses may have carried negative stereotypes in a female-dominated profession, I believe that through diversity and equal opportunity, we have established our place in the profession for good. Many viewpoints have regarded that male nurses deliver various perspectives to provide exceptional care in collaboration with the health care team. With the growing interest in nursing among men, let us hope that male nurses would soon provide the bridge and close the gap of gender disparities and shortages in nursing. Nurse of any gender must learn from each other and delight on every nurse’s unique qualities.
A Touching Experience
As an Emergency Room nurse, we encounter numerous challenging situations every day. One day towards the end of my shift; I admitted a female patient in her early 20’s, with high fever, with her newborn baby in tow. The mother had a terminal cancer, metastasized to her bones, lungs, and liver. The nursing supervisor walked by and immediately stated, “She has to get her baby out of here or else I’m calling DYFS and they will come get the baby.” That statement had an impact on me; what went through my head? I felt pain, I felt impotent. I wanted to cry but then my courage as an advocate for my patient, replied to her, “No DYFS, she [the patient] needs support and help not headache or worries.” As her nurse, I stood for her. I was there; I held her hand and told her, “I will be right by your side.” It is indescribable what I felt from helping another human being who was in sorrow, in pain, and in despair. This experience taught the true meaning of patient-centered care.