Hello everyone, Nothings brings joy and happiness than being here today to share my story during the nurse residency program that comes to an end today.
Let me take you through a short history of how I ended up in nursing school. It is not by chance that I am here today. My late sister, who was a nurse, was diagnosed with cancer in France. During this time, I was tasked with being with my sister at the hospital, ensuring that her needs as a patient were achieved. It was painful seeing my sister in so much pain and giving up on everything she loved doing. After she passed on, I made a promise to myself in memory of my sister to pursue nursing as a career, in particular, prioritize my patients.
As we come to the end of our nurse residency program, and if there is anything a good nurse knows the value of, it is charting/documenting. So, let me document the months that we have spent undertaking the nursing residency program.
To start from the beginning, first day at the institution, when we were all strangers, both excited and terrified as we knew the program was different from the theoretical lessons we took in class. This thing call nursing is a unique profession, as it requires one to use the mind, heart, physical being, and soul to tend to the suffering of others. It is also a unique time for this profession, as the medications, therapies, and technologies administered by hands of nurses are developing at an incredibly rapid pace. It is every part of us that is, slowly learning to do all of these things.
It has been an intense period of growth throughout the Residency, and I know it is no surprise to me say that more times of such growth lies ahead. As grandaunts, we will rightfully continue to be very focused on our growth and progress. But the temptation and the danger for every nurse, as we look to master our skills, deepen our knowledge, and establish our footing as that steady, confident presence at the bedside, the temptation is to grow into a strong, independent nurse is somehow subtly equated with becoming a bit superhuman, and leaving key parts of our humanity behind because we think they make us weak. As nurses, we should all take heart and understand that humanity will forever be the best and most vital thing we can give to our patients.
Thank you to my Unit Director…., managers and all the charge nurse and nurses who constantly checked and asked if I needed support and they helped me. As I got to understand the team that I worked with, I got less and less scared of my work, knowing that I had the best team to guide me.
I am grateful to this hospital for giving us self-word and power. Working at the institution to develop our career has changed our lives, in ways we never imagined. I can tell you that when family, relatives, and friends ask me what I do and where I work, I am always so excited to tell my story at this institution and the response of people is always amazingly overwhelming. Nothing means a lot to me than being part of the amazing team at the institution, in particular, thank you Miss… for choosing me to be part of your team, a team that I am so proud to be part of today.