The interview started off with a couple of warming up questions about where she came from and what made her interested in this field and then, it moved to being an inspiration for me to be a professional nurse, which was my long term goal. She is a registered nurse that specializes in pediatrics, which is where I would like to specialize in future. According to her, being a nurse requires a lot of patience and the ability to be self-motivated at all times as she claims that we have the ability to make a sick and painful person’s day a little better.
She also highlighted the importance of keeping a balance between family and work especially after marriage. Apart from that, one of her most favorite aspect of her job is to see a patient under her care get well and be there for them during the difficult times. On the other hand, one of her most disturbing memory was of a child dying because of a critical illness. Therefore, I learned that a nurse needed to be emotionally strong as well and prepared to face these daily challenges.
She went on to tell me many inspiring stories that made me feel so proud that I chose this profession. One of the stories that stuck to my mind was that of a young baby that was requested to be admitted and the young mother was furious as she wanted to take her baby home. While other nurses tried to judge this mother and force her to leave her child as the child was in a serious condition, this nurse approached the mother in a calm tone, took her aside and made her comfortable.
She then explained what was wrong with her baby and what would happen if the baby was not admitted. The mother then broke down into tears and thanked the nurse for kindly explaining to her, and then allowed the child to be admitted. This story taught me that as a nurse, it is not my duty to judge patients and their family, but it is to make them comfortable by giving them facts of the situation and by being there for them throughout the process.
After the interview with her, I realized that I am that person that she is talking about. I love taking care of other people and I am also willing to give my time and energy into making someone feel better physically and emotionally. I need to work on being emotionally stronger to achieve my future goal as being a registered nurse and specializing in pediatrics.
Reference: 1. Interview with a nurse: Education and experience count. Nursing schools. Retrieved on 17th April 2009. http://www. nursing-school. org/interviewnurse. htm