Proud to be a nurse

Submitted by McGill University
October 22, 2020

One of the most memorable memories I had in nursing school was during my first year where we did our clinical rotation in a rehabilitation centre. My patient happened to be an elderly woman who loved make-up. I remember being so nervous because it had only been my second week. I was still getting used to my hygiene care and head-to-toe assessment. However, this day was very special to me. It was the day I realized that I chose the right profession. I applied into nursing school not knowing what to expect, if I would like it or not. She asked me to help her put make-up, particularly her eyebrows because they were her favourite feature of her face. We talked for hours about her life and her family. I was filled with so much joy. I enjoyed her company and she expressed her gratitude about spending time with her since she’d been feeling lonely and bored since she was admitted.  I always knew I wanted to help people and wanted to be in the health care profession, but I didn’t know I would be a good fit for nursing. That day, I realized that I chose the right career. This story might not be considered remarkable but for me, it was a turning point. It was a validation, a sign that I can be a nurse, a great one. Three years later, I am officially a registered nurse and it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life despite the challenges that comes with it. I am proud to say that I am a nurse.