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Loma Linda University seeks to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ "to make man whole" by: Educating, Expanding knowledge, Providing health care…
I knew I wanted to be a nurse even when I was still a small child. Perhaps this decision was influenced by my family background.
My father is a doctor who has a strong spirit and an ardent love for his job. Since I was five years old, he often brought me to the nursing home where he was a volunteer. I was his partner – his nurse. Days at the nursing home are still some of my fondest memories because I spent time with my dad and I became part of a loving community – some things many kids today are lacking.
I never knew why my dad brought me with him when he volunteered. Perhaps there was no one else who can take care of me, or maybe he simply wanted to teach me a lesson about compassion and caring, I haven’t really asked. But as a dreamy child, these visits at the nursing home brought me a different understanding of people’s needs and my own purpose in life. For one, I realized that people who referred to medical professionals are human beings and must be treated with love and respect in order for them to get better. I saw that by genuinely caring for the patient’s well-being, it gave them the will to fight off their own ailments. I also saw that being a health practitioner, one is not superior to his patients. In fact, superiority should not be an issue. My observations led me to understand that the patient is half the solution. Without the patient’s cooperation, the doctor cannot be successful. Hence, I realized that the medical profession is really about building relationships with patients, rather than the prescription of medicines.
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