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YON 2020 Day 137: Taylor Oliver, KSU nursing student

A senior in the BSN program at Kent State University-Salem, Taylor Oliver is looking forward to earning her nursing degree and beginning her professional practice. In her story, she stresses the importance of passion.

There is a countless amount of advice that I would give to someone who is interested in pursuing a career in nursing or to a student that is headed into their first semester of nursing school. The advice that I want to give above all else is about passion. Nursing is an extremely rigorous profession that is very demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally. Nurses have people’s lives in their hands every day. To be successful, you need to know how to work hard and commit a lot of time and effort just like with any other career. However, you must have the heart for nursing in order to give optimal quality nursing care to patients in their most vulnerable moments.

There are many times when you will experience defeat, but know that you will learn and grow from it. You will feel exhausted and unmotivated at times. Never lose sight of the passion that you had when you started. Even as a student in your first clinical rotation of nursing school, you will find that through true passion for caring for people and the profession itself, you will touch lives of so many people of all ages from different walks of life.

Seeing how I can take my compassion for others and impact people every day through my future career is astonishing. The best part of nursing is that the patients that you care for leave an even bigger imprint on your life than you could ever imagine. If you don’t have the passion for nursing, take another path. Nursing has been the most rewarding part of my life and I cannot wait to graduate in 2020 to become a RN.

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