A nursing student at Lorain County Community College, Stephanie Henderson reflects on how studying nursing has affected her views and influenced her resolve as she prepares to take on the role of a nurse.
I chose to study nursing because like so many people, I want to do something that matters, to spread a little good in this world. One thing I would like to suggest to anyone who thinks about entering this field, is the need for the ability to humble yourself. We need to treat our patients with grace because, often, we meet people at their very worst.
Before entering nursing school, I was often quick to judge people for their situations and life choices. One thing I was not prepared for was my views on people to change so much—my perspectives changed so quickly. I was surprised at how easily I was brought to tears by patients’ situations, when before, I would say that where they were in life was their fault.
I think that if seeing people struggling up close, whether their struggle is caused by their own actions or not, does not humble you—does not soften your views, then you are entering the wrong field. Most of us, in the world today, have had a firsthand experience of seeing people make the same poor choices time and again and not learn from them. It may be frustrating, but no matter what the bad choice or how many times you see the same person, you need to rise to the challenge with grace, understanding, and positivity. The experiences I have been through in nursing school have made me grow so much. I am grateful to be entering into this profession and I will gladly take on the struggles of people and hopefully lighten the load, at least for a little while.
“Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions.” – Jamie Tworkowksi