The Empathy and Compassion of Nursing I got

August 18, 2014
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Learning the science was harder

The fact of the matter was that while I was interested in science I didn’t know how to absorb scientific or conceptual information. I would read the text about cells but I couldn’t grasp the concept of what cells were or how they worked, because I was too focused on trying to figure out how this magnified picture of a cell lived in my body! My teacher at that time operated under the assumption that the foundation of science had already been laid because this was in fact college, not grade school. I decided that I wasn’t smart enough. I wasn’t good enough. This was not for me. I was utterly depressed and I felt I had let not only myself down but also my partner.


So I took the summer off, got my head together, saved up some money, read up on entry-level biology, and passed the class the second time around. I asked for and received an immense amount of help from an amazing teacher and really good classmates. I went on to finish all of my prerequisite courses and really learned how to learn. What helped me the most was being honest about my lack of education, taking responsibility for my knowledge deficit, and putting in a lot of time and effort. I knew that it was impossible for me to change what I didn’t learn as a child, but I could control what I learned as an adult and that was empowering to me. I ended up getting accepted into nursing school, passed the state board, and landed a job at one of the top magnet status hospitals in Seattle Washington before graduation.


            When I first started the nursing school journey I was filled with timidity and anxiety. I knew I was going to have to work hard to accomplish this goal, and that’s why I say some paths we choose and others are created for us. I was born into a life where my choices were limited because of the doors that were closed for me as a child, but when I felt I was called to do something doors opened for me in a way that cannot be explained.  I see the world as full of inspiration and possibility, vast and unforgiving, heartbreaking and uncertain, something to be admired and treasured. I believe when you decide you want something you should take a deep breath in, dig deep, put one foot in front of the other, and be prepared to surprise yourself.



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