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There are over three million registered nurses in America thereby making them the biggest percentage of the healthcare workforce. As per the Institute of Medicine’s research, most of the nurses’ higher levels of education and the education system should be improved to equip the nurses with an appropriate education (Bachelors’ Degree) and training. With more nurses with an improved baccalaureate education level in nursing, students will be prepared to meet the dynamics of patient population in America.
I am aware that nursing education is a full-time intensive program that will require me to be fully present, committed, and participating. I have a prior degree in athletic training that required a full-time internship. I also went to a full-time school with an intense program to attain my degree and to take my national boards. In order to become a certified and a licensed athletic trainer I had to complete 3000 hours in my internship. I did my best to keep up my grade point average. I had to dedicate myself to my goals by working hard and being focused on what was required of me. I believe this has given me an idea of what nursing school will be like. I have already attended the full-time school to finish up the requirements needed for a nursing school. I attained my CNA so that I can garner even more experience before I start nursing school. If I am in the accelerated program I will not be working so that I can be a hundred percent present for the program. I do not have any children and my husband, family, and friends are very supportive of me going back to school to follow my passion and become a nurse. I am fully committed to this goal.
10 years ago I was working at an assisted living and skilled nursing facility in the physical therapy department and started working with an older adult suffering from Parkinson’s and was doing both PT on land and in the pool. The resident used a walker and was losing his ability to ambulate. He was having feelings that he was “falling” when in fact he wasn’t. I worked with the resident for eight weeks with one day on land and the other day in the pool. On the first day of the eighth week while floating in the pool in an inner tube the resident said to me with a determination, “I will be swimming laps by the end of this” and I knew I had my work cut out for me. In two weeks he stopped feeling like he was falling. After four weeks of the therapy he set the walker aside to take the last few steps to get into the pool. After six weeks he stopped using the walker at all. By that time he could get into the pool without assistance. In eight weeks he had ditched the inner tube and was swimming laps in the pool.
The resident has truly touched my heart and validated my choice to be in a healthcare. I will never forget this person and the impact he has made on my personal and professional life. I have been in healthcare for majority of my professional career with obtaining a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and exercise physiology. I worked in physical therapy in clinical, hospital, assisted living, and skilled nursing settings. I have garnered experience in orthopedics, injury prevention, emergency care, stroke rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, sports medicine, aquatic therapy, total joint replacement (hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder) rehabilitation, hyperbaric and minor wound care, personal training, and athletic training for various sports teams. I sat for my CAN exams on 9th April, 2015.
Making a difference in a person’s life has been my passion. Holding a door open for someone who can’t and the experience I had a decade ago working with patients fulfills me.