A quote from Florence Nightingale expresses what nursing means to me. In 1859, she said "the goal of nursing is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him primarily by altering the environment". As a nurse, my aim is to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illnesses.
Caring for patients in their own environments is both rewarding and challenging. The many dynamics present in a home environment often require an interdisciplinary approach to issues and concerns. As I review my career, I realize my focus has been on teaching others - another reason I love nursing is that it allows me to do this. I get a great deal of personal satisfaction from helping patients, and from helping families care for their loved ones. This involves teaching them about disease processes, medication, and signs and symptoms of complications from terminal illness. Most important of all to me is to give my patients the best quality of life possible, and to show their families how they can help their loved ones.
I am presently working as an Admission Nurse in a hospice. This work is unlike any I have previously experienced. Having now worked in the hospice for 18 months I have realized that you truly must have a calling to help others during such a crucial period in their lives. Many people are so overwhelmed that it is necessary to approach the patient from a holistic approach. I truly endorse the hospice philosophy because I feel that an interdisciplinary approach to health care is very important.
This role is very challenging, and flexibility is essential in providing good care. ...