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Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Nurse's Story: My inspiration for becoming a nurse

Hey all! For my first nursing class I had t write a paper and present it for my class. I chose to do it on what inspired me to become a nurse instead of finding some random story for the assignment.  Well you see I don't so well in front of big crowds and my presentation did not go well. I wasn't able to get my real story across because I was too nervous so I thought I would share it with all of you. I hope you like it. What inspires you? Do you have a career that started from an inspiration? Feel free to share with me below I would love to hear about it!

A Nurse's Story

            My story for wanting to become a nurse is probably a bit different than other nursing majors. I started out as an English major, my real passion being Creative Writing, which isn’t a major at the University of Southern Maine; it is only a minor. What does Creative Writing have to do with nursing, you might ask?

In 7th grade, I picked up my first Lurlene McDaniel book, Six Months to Live, which was about a girl who was diagnosed with leukemia. I had heard the term "leukemia" once before, in 5th grade, when I moved to Saco and started at Saco Middle school after the year had already started. There was one open desk that happened to belong to a boy named Garnet. I had never met him and never would. I sat at his desk, and all I knew is that he was really sick. One day, the teachers told us that he died, losing his battle with leukemia. I had no idea what leukemia really was at that point, but I knew it was bad. I didn’t know Garnet, but I still hurt along with the school at the news. I wish I had met the boy with leukemia. That boy's desk I always sat in will always be with me.

            After I read Six Months to Live and learned more about leukemia and understood what it was, I began researching a ton. I still have a huge folder filled with printed information from when I was researching. I was really interested in learning about leukemia and understanding what it is, what it does, and how to treat it. I even began writing my own story about leukemia, which started my love of Creative Writing. I continued reading the rest of the series following Six Months to Live and went on to read every book by Lurlene McDaniel ever since (she has written around 50-100+ books). I have learned about various medical conditions and other tragedies that children and teens can face. I was always learning when I read one of her books, and, while I loved writing my own stories, I was equally interested in the medical part.

            She inspired me to want to help. If I wasn’t such a wimp, I would be a donor for a bone marrow transplant by now. When I first began reading her books, I began saving money to donate to cancer research. Unfortunately, life events got in the way, and I didn’t end up getting to use the money for that, but I hope to someday be able to have enough money to donate a good amount. When stores have drives for cancer or illnesses, I always donate to them. Also, for a long time, I wanted to donate my hair to Locks of Love. I had a hair dye incident along the way, so I had to wait for the dye to grow out of my hair. About a year ago, my hair was finally long enough to donate, and I cut off my long hair and sent it to Locks of Love. I have always wanted to help in any way that I could.

            I was an English major for two years before deciding to change to nursing. I did not like being an English major. Writing essay papers and trying to figure out what it was each teacher was looking for was not my thing. I only liked the Creative Writing aspect and wanted to write my own stories. Creative Writing and English are very different. I also knew that once I graduated, I would not be able to get a job. I didn’t want to be a teacher, and I’m picky about my writing, so I knew I needed a change.

            I decided to go with my next interest and make it a career. I knew I was interested in Pediatric Oncology and always wanted to be involved. I would have even volunteered at a hospital if I didn’t have to work while being in school since I was 15. I decided nursing would be the best path for a great, rewarding career, where I could help people and, hopefully, work with children with cancer or other chronic illnesses. I can even still write on the side and will probably get some great stories when I’m a nurse. The most important thing is: I really want to help and have wanted to since I picked up Six Months to Live.

            When I tell people I want to work with pediatric oncology, their response is something like, “Wow, how are you going to do that? That would be heartbreaking.” Yes, it will be heartbreaking, but I want to make a difference in those children’s lives. I want to help them and try to make their lives better, whether their life ends up being short or long. I will have hope that everyone will go into remission and get better, but I also know that won’t always happen. I have a great deal of strength, and I want to share that with these children that are struggling and maybe losing hope. I want to make sure they hold onto hope and fight with everything they have to live, and I believe I have the heart and strength to help them.

            I may have started with the passion of reading and writing to get to the career choice of nursing, but I am just as passionate about becoming a nurse and helping people.


  1. I just re-read this book. Cancer was a constant in my life, having lost a month to cancer after getting it three different times, and a grandmother to cancer. I find it amazing how books inspire us and touch us on different levels. This is awesome!

  2. love to hear that you read this book. cancer is never an easy thing and it feels like it is everywhere. I lost a grandmother to Cancer also and my grandfather beat three different kinds of Cancer I have been told but that happened either before I can remember or before I was born. I feel like if we live long enough we will probably all get it at some point with the way things are today. It is amazing how things can inspire us especially books. I don't think I would be this passionate if I hadn't picked up that book. I'm not sure if I would have started writing or thought about going into the medical field. it really changed my life. Thank you for reading my post! I hope you stay well!

  3. You are going to make a fabulous nurse, sweet love. I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished. So happy that you are in my life! This was such a lovely post. Heart you BIG!!!

  4. Thank you love :) I appreciate that. I hope I do eeeep. I can't wait. I'm so happy you are in my life also :) <3 <3 You are the best!

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