Mara John 02/21/2011 Student Success Prof: Jeanna Sims Journal # 1 A day I can’t forget Since I was a little girl I have been so passionate in helping others. My dream was to become a pediatrician. I love working with children. I believe that is why I have three on my own. That is the only reason I decide to become a Nurse. I know that is not the only reason I can help but I choose that way because I experience how important it is when I ‘m sick to have someone that cares about others and what they do to take care of me. Nursing has become a harder profession to pursue.

It is one of the most rewarding professions in the world. A patient wants to be reassured that the person taking care of them is well qualified, and knows what to do when the time comes. Nursing is more than just helping people get better. It is a livelihood that a person can be proud of achieving I believe I have done many things that I’m proud of, but this one just happens recently and it did really touch my heart. I want to finish my education so that I may have a promising career as a nurse. For me, the ability to be present with patients and families at the best and the worst of times is what is important.

Sometimes you don’t have to say a word. Just being there-knowing that it is best not to say anything-listening, holding a patient’s hand, crying and laughing and supporting a family member is what is most meaningful to me. I used to work in a Nursing home, where I was taking care of elderly patients. As usual I assist some of them with their daily activities and some others I do it for them. We have all types of patients in the facility. Which is required a lot of attention. We have patients that are confused, with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other type of diseases.

One day while working on my assignment because everyone is assign eight to ten patients in a shift. It is very hard sometimes especially when my ten patients could be all total care, meaning I have to do everything for them; for instance, shower, feeding, changing and repositioning every two hours in an eight hours shift. We are all very busy and sometime over look things. That day while passing by another patient room, I saw her hanging up in the rail of the bed. She was about to fall off the bed. I ran in there and got her out and put her in her chair. She was so happy.

She gave me a hug and a kiss; and she said “you’re my favorite, I love you. ” Oh my God! That felt so great. I was amaze she responded that way. Everyone thought she is confused, she doesn’t know what she is doing. True she is, but not all the time. Later on I found two other people saw her but didn’t do anything. From that I discovered that I need to look around more, slow down a little from my rushing time because I can be missing a lot. Not only from work, but also I will miss be a lot at home. For sure, I believe by doing that I will be able to help others better.