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    Life in the Nursing Profession

    You have a wide variety of degrees/professions to choose from. Choose wherever you are good at. Choose whatever makes you happy. For most students, they don't really have a choice because their careers are predetermined by their parents ever since they started high school (mine was). I dreamt of becoming a veterinarian, considering my love or animals. I even considered taking up Archaeology because I loved history (Asian history more likely). But alas! My fate wasn't in my hands. My mom wanted me to take Nursing. Bachelor of Science in Nursing... It is the most common degree that graduates would consider to take or rather; their parents want them to take. Every year many students are enrolled in the Nursing career. Most know what they would expect in the Nursing profession, but do they really? Some of you may think it would only be about memorizing drugs, medical terms, diseases, etc. But joining in the Nursing profession would also mean, taking the lives of other people into your own hands; it also means that one simple mistake can cause you your license and cause other people their loved ones. I didn't expect anything or rather didn't know anything much about Nursing. I didn't even know that I have to take a license exam after I finished. I didn't even know that I have to complete a number of scrub requirements in order to graduate. I didn't even know about the hardships that I had to take when I enrolled in Nursing. It is also not an easy journey. You have to endure sleepless nights, tireless days, stocks of requirements and research works, scrubs to complete ( sometimes enduring long and boring classes in your minor subjects when you'd rather study or do you homework in your major subject), ear-splitting lectures from your clinical instructors about what you did wrong or what you missed out to do and not to mention the financial expenses that most often empties your parents bank accounts (okay, I'm exaggerating but you'll get the point). Unfortunately, the journey doesn't end on your graduation ceremony. You still have to study for your board exam. Otherwise, you cannot put your acquired skills and knowledge to use. And if you pass your board exam (Yes, IF. Sad truth in Nursing life, despite your hard work, if you cannot pass the NLE, you cannot work in the hospital as a staff nurse), you have to take trainings and seminars to start you volunteer/ hospital training (no, not as a regular paid staff nurse yet). So when you encounter one of the nurses when visiting a love one in the hospital, do greet them with respect (unless they're not treating you right. There are some who do not attain their knowledge in their Ethics class and the patient's bill of rights). Also, please do support any family member of yours that takes up nursing because they need it. We endure too much pressure already. Lastly, do some research about the professions that you want to take? It'll help you a lot.