Anna Wolford, BS, CNA, is a first-year Master of Nursing (MN) student at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Anna, a certified nursing assistant, has a bachelors of science in biology. The MN program at CWRU is specifically designed for students with non-nursing undergraduate degrees who want to become a registered nurse. Anna shares her thoughts about nursing as she continues on the path to reach her goal.
I’ve always known I was destined for a career in health care. However, until I became a patient care technician in the ICU, I hadn’t quite discovered my place. Working under and alongside nurses for those years was absolutely incredible.
From the bottom of the health care totem pole, I was able to absorb so much from the different health care providers I observed. So many of my nursing colleagues took me under their wing, gave me sound advice, and taught me the ins and outs of their field.
When I finally decided to become a nurse, they were so excited, and all of them still offer their support and encouragement despite my being in another state. I learned more than I ever imagined I would in the ICU, but what I gleaned about the field of nursing changed my life.
In the hospital where I worked, nurses are called “Patient Care Managers;” and there is a very important reason for that. Nurses are truly the ones with the broadest, big-picture view of a patient’s health care needs. Nurses are the ones comforting the patients and their families, talking with all of the different physicians and services, always keeping an eye on their patients while monitoring vitals, labs, and other testing. Nurses are the ones at the bedside “managing” a patient’s care every hour of every day.
I have so much respect for my colleagues, teachers, and mentors, and I will continue to work hard and make the most of every learning opportunity each and every day. When the day finally comes when I earn my nursing degree and can sign RN after my name, I will join the ranks of the most trusted profession in the country. What an honor it will be.