I have been a student at Americus-Sumter High School for four semesters, and over the course of my stay I have grown and learned more than I thought possible. I came to this school already knowing that I wanted to be an Neonatal Intensive Care Unit(NICU) nurse; I have taken two out of three nursing courses and though I knew exactly what I was headed for-was I ever wrong. Going through the nursing program has taught me so much more than stuff about medical terminology, it has taught me how to eventually grow into being a great nurse. I have learned here how to write med-terms and, how to think in critical situations. Most importantly I have learned how important patients and conditions are.
When I started at ASHS, I thought I was going to spend the next three years in the culinary arts field, learning the right way to prepare foods and deserts. That was not what I ended up doing, I ended up in healthcare and now I’m lad that I am in healthcare because I can fulfill my dream as becoming a NICU nurse. On the surface, to an outsider, I am sure that this is what it appears that I am a bubbly type girl that would not go into nursing, but I love everything about nursing. In most all my classes I push myself to make above 90’s, I quickly found out that that there is no reason to overdo myself.
One specific experience I will have while in the nursing field is that I will be able to go and enter the Work Base Learning program next year, and I can work with patients in the hospital. I know I will have a great time and will learn so much more than I ever could have from not having hands on activities. The opportunity to do that will show me that there are so many ways that one can learn that are both fun and educational.
The nursing courses also taught me how important the healthcare field really and how important it is to work well in critical conditions. Also how important it is to ask your patient all important questions to make sure their not allergic to some medicines and not sick with extreme bacterial infections or viral infections. As soon as you don’t ask them if they are allergic to something or really sick and you just give them medicine it could end up being malpractice and possibly killing them. By writing down everything a patient tells you can help you prevent the bad things from happening.
I know that my passion to become a nurse has been the same ever since third grade. I have always thought that one day I can save someone’s life, but I did not know exactly what type of nurse I wanted to be until the eighth grade. I can remember being told numerous times that being a NICU nurse is not always fun, it’s very sad and a hard job, but I always tell people that I know it is that’s why I will do it because o know I will save more lives than I will lose. These are the things that make me want to be a NICU nurse. I feel as if I will be a NICU nurse and I will make many parents feel amazing that their baby was saved and will grow up just like everyone else.
There are a couple of things that I do feel I lack the confidence and skill to perform, and that is what I hope to gain from participating in the nursing program. I am scared to actually work with the premature babies but I know I will be fine working with them eventually. I hope to learn more about how nurses face their everyday life at work, but I know one day I will be there and I will succeed in being a NICU nurse.