Eager to begin her professional nursing career, Carys Trubach looks back on what she has learned on her journey, and forward to the difference she hope to make for the patients in her care. Carys is a nursing student at Lorain County Community College.
Graduation is around the corner! Being in my last eight weeks of nursing school I reflect back to what originally got me here today and what will keep me continuing my career with ambition.
The first thing that comes to mind is my patients. I have learned so much from not only my professors and peers, but those who I took care of. Patients have humbled me, taught me strength, and most importantly, they have taught me to look beyond the illness.
I have known since early in high school that nursing was the career for me. I was involved in a great medical health and technology program that opened my eyes to the world of healthcare and the impact that you could make on the lives of others. Being in nursing school, only solidified that aspiration in nursing and motivated me every day to learn more and become the best nurse I can be.
Nursing is difficult. There are bad days, challenging cases and long hours, but at the end of each hard day, I think about the joy I had when a patient was grateful for my care or appreciated the smallest thing. One of the beauties of nursing is that we give compassion, care, and comfort without a prescription. We are there for patients on the hardest days of their lives. We lend a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on and open ears to attentively listen. As I begin my nursing career in oncology, I look forward to helping patients each day through their hardest days.
With that, I leave you with a quote from Florence Nightingale herself, “So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”