My interest in the nurse an aesthesia program comes from my interest in caring for ventilated patients. I took the challenge and overcome the fear that is mostly faced by people on dealing with patients. I always had the interest of taking care of many patients at some time in my lifetime.
The program would give me an opportunity to learn time management, efficiency and effectiveness in multitasking .I would also learn how to care and manage various diseases while establishing a therapeutic patient nurse relationship.
Working with different medical and surgical units enabled me to interact with different staff members, policies and layouts. All this build me to be confident enough to understand that it entails challenges which could be expected or unexpected. (Neville et al, 2007)
I initially took a position in oncology in Lenox hill hospital but it was to be temporarily shut down. I was to report to the nursing office to establish which unit I was to report. With the ultimate shut down of the oncology unit I wanted to try something new and challenging and I chose the critical care unit.
The critical care unit manager prepared me to adapt to unit, which required experienced nurses and hence rarely took new students. I stood up to the challenge and ensured that I asked questions when I needed to read widely on the relevant educational materials. I was also very observant with the keenness to learn. My orientation was consequently ended earlier.
I take each day as a new learning experience and this moulds me to face challenge that comes along the job with confidence.
I take the opportunity to care for patients who are critical to deal with as a chance to learn and grow. Although caring for patients with multi-system problems is a great challenge as it entails juggling from many differing scenarios, I take this wide variety of experiences to learn and hence get diversified growth. (Neville et al, 2007)
I was once assigned a patient who had a potential to instability. At the beginning of the shift he was on only 21 litres nasal cannula of oxygen and on no IV medication. By the end of my shift, he was intubated and on different IV cardiac medications with a Swan Ganz Catheter and central line inserted to the dismay of many he was successfully extubated and released from the hospital. Such experiences make me strong in this position, the joy I gain when hopeless situations are solved and people given a new lease of life cannot be expressed.
I want to maximize my potential by accepting challenges as they come and learning from them.
Exposure attained in the school of nursing will allow me to appreciate other areas of perioparative nursing. It will assist me in developing multi-skilling use within operating rooms.
Interactions with different staff perfect my confidence levels and can likewise interact with patients and their relatives. This is also applicable with fellow students and trainers thus making learning easier,
The fact that the professional experience I got from Lenox hill hospital instilled in me the fact that new experience make people grow. The desire to learn will make me continue to my studies in the school of nursing. Studying in the school of nursing will increase my skills and will enable me to be more efficient in handling the patients.
The desire to become a more competent and effective nurse in the critical condition unit will be realized on gaining skills. Advancing my graduate studies will make me earn more experiences and skills.
Neville Robinson and George Hall.2007: How to survive in anesthesia. A guide for trainees. Blackwell.