Adrian Go, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse – Mount Sinai Hospital
College of Mount Saint Vincent – Class of 2015
Why did I choose nursing?
Nursing was a career that I never foresaw myself doing. As some new college students do, I was going to go in undecided or possibly look into doing communications, but my mother shined some light on me about a major I should pursue. This was nursing. I reflected on her idea of it and believed that it would be a fit choice considering that I wanted to be able to impact lives and make a difference, but it was still not a definite decision even when I entered college.
After doing basic nursing classes, I was still not convinced that I made the right decision. But this all changed when I started working as a patient care associate at New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center. As a PCA and a fairly new nursing student, I did not to know what to expect except for what was explained in the description of the position. After a month, each shift was more or less routine: AM/PM care, vital signs at twelve o’clock, refilling isolation carts, and making sure patients were comfortable and needs were attended to. Most of the patients I encountered were typical med-surg patients, but eventually I encountered one that changed my experience. An old Spanish man was admitted to our unit, receiving care for a post-transplant surgery of his liver. Each shift I would always be assigned to him and one day, he asked me to sit down and talk with him. We talked about our cultures, sports, family, you name it. Eventually, our conversations occurred just as much as checking his vitals and providing AM/PM care.
As time progressed, he began to reject his liver and declined. After about two months of care, he passed. This was the first patient I ever experienced dying and as a nursing student, you rarely encounter this type situation. At first I was unsure of how to react and would talk to the nurses about it. What they told me was these types of situations will happen, which of course I knew came with the job. I was so focused on how tragic it was that passed, but one thing I never thought about was how he passed. I realized that during his time here, I played an essential role in making him more comfortable, whether it was bathing or making conversation. Though physically he may have experienced pain, I felt that mentally, I was able to put him at ease and make his passing more comfortable. At this point, I was assured that nursing was the path I should take. The fact that I was able to help someone as much as I did as a PCA, made me see that I could make more of a difference and impact others’ lives on a more critical level as a registered nurse.
How do I see myself in the nursing profession in the next five years?
As a new nurse in the field, I solely want to focus on strengthening my skills at the beside and eventually transition over into critical care. Throughout my education, I had to the opportunity to do a rotation in the PACU and OR and because of those rotations, they peaked my interest in being a part of the surgical team. Since those experiences, I have decided to pursue a higher education in becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
What is your vision of the NYC MIN group?
Thanks to a good friend, I was able to become a part of a rising movement, NYC Men in Nursing. I am thankful take part in such an influential group and attend meetings to both develop my knowledge and meet great people. Each meeting has its unique experience and is beneficial to all of us. I am able to walk out of each meeting with new information, meet new friends who share the same goals, but more importantly walk out knowing I had chosen the right career. The members in Men in Nursing have been very helpful to me since day one, helping me with applications, interviews and what to expect in the real nursing world. With the help of MIN, I was able to land a position in Mount Sinai Hospital and I am grateful for their guidance and support.
In terms of the vision in Men in Nursing, I wish to change how nurses are looked upon. Some people discriminate nurses in their role, but also as a career not suitable for men. I believe that the NYC MIN has the ability to influence others by showing how diverse nurses are, whether you are male or female, black, white, purple, yellow or orange. Ultimately, we (as nurses) are all here to some save lives and heal even some more. Not only can NYC MIN show how diverse we are culturally, but that nurses are also diverse in their role. Though working bedside is a critical part in our career, it doesn’t define how much more we can do.