Becoming a nurse is a goal that I am currently working towards. There were a number of factors that contributed to my decision to pursue this career, both personal and logical alike. However, to offer a more compelling and full picture of the matter, I want to first discuss me, my life, and my experiences. I think that this introspection can give me an opportunity to put some of the feelings I have recently developed into words. Caring about other people has been something I have considered of great importance for the longest time. Growing up in a pretty tight-knit family, I have been raised to understand the need to offer support and care to my loved ones.
Although it can be difficult to get along with some of my family members, I always try my best to support them in their life endeavors and daily tasks. I think this ability can help me provide better care for patients and understand their grievances moving forward.
Communication is also something I value deeply. Speaking clearly and fluently was a skill I learned at a relatively young age, giving me much time to practice. Making sure someone understood my speech usually felt gratifying, so I learned how to explain myself well. Talking with others and hearing their perspectives has always been fascinating to me, and I love nothing more than to be able to share a deep discussion with another person. The most crucial component of communicating with someone is getting to know their thoughts and opinions. The process of connecting on both a logical and emotional level, getting to the point of mutual understanding, feels compelling to me. I think such competencies can be used to talk with patients and the medical staff.
The cooperative outlook in life also extends to my views on the world and society as a whole. I think that we should strive to enable as many individuals as possible to find happiness and flourishment through collective efforts. The main motivation to me wanting to become a nurse is a desire to enact positive change in the local community. I know that personally, there is only a limited amount of things I can do, but with the aid of a public structure, I can become an agent of positive influence. I think that being a nurse can put me in the direct way of those needing assistance and also be a good way of applying my personal competencies in society.
The education and learning I have previously undergone also serve to reinforce this notion and my desire to go into nursing. Using communication skills, a capacity for compassion, and the desire to care for others, I want to shape myself into a good, qualified medical professional.
To further discuss the topic of nursing, I think it will be necessary to support some of my previous assertions with evidence. I want to focus on the importance of communication in nursing. Good cooperation between various parts of the healthcare delivery process enhances both the speed and efficiency of medical work, helping patients receive better quality of care. My personal skills can allow me to interact with my coworkers, which is of great importance for the medical environment. As noted by research, high-quality interprofessional communication helps medical workers to avoid mistakes, work in a coordinated manner, and respond to emergencies better (Lee & Kim, 2020, p. 6). In terms of patient-nurse communication, my competencies can also come into play. Patients rely on their nurses to be the pathway between them and the doctors while also needing to be taken care of and supported in a variety of other ways.
Communication then becomes a crucial piece of assisting people and solving their medical problems effectively. As pointed out by a recent study, good patient-nurse interaction is a vital part of promoting positive health outcomes (Tran et al., 2020, p. 1). Both of my prime skills, then, work as a pathway towards promoting high-quality nursing practice. The ability to voice my thoughts in an understandable manner and listen to others can help with talking to both patients and other staff members. I can listen to the needs of the people and also understand my tasks as a medical professional.
In terms of the skills I will most likely need to develop, there is at least a number of professional competencies that I currently lack. In particular, I feel that evidence-based practice and the general awareness of medical research will be a topic I should spend more time on. As far as I am aware, medical workers should utilize the most time-relevant and recent information at their disposal to help others. In this vein, EBP becomes a crucial component to providing care and finding the best ways to approach the topic (Ellis, 2019). I hope that in the future, I will have an opportunity to familiarize myself with all professional aspects of nursing, including the relevant scientific data involved.
Lee, K. R., & Kim, E. J. (2020). Relationship between Interprofessional Communication and team task performance. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 43, 44–50. Web.
Tran, T. V., Tran, T. D., Nguyen, A. Q., Dinh, T. T., Le, A. T., Tran, H. B., Vu, P. T., Nguyen, H. T., & Dang, L. V. (2020). Nurse–Patient Communication: A quality assessment in public hospital. International Journal of Healthcare Management, 14(4), 1127–1133. Web.
Ellis, P. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing. SAGE Publications ltd.