As a nursing student, I constantly have my nose in a book about anatomy and physiology, holistic health care, the legal aspects of health care, or infectious diseases. Struggling with the fact that my oldest friend, the “big brother” God blessed me with now has cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) gives me an extra incentive to learn all that I can about serving those that seek care, and makes me newly passionate about oncology.
I was inspired to pursue nursing because of my experience in a Hospice house in Edina, Minnesota. Within seven weeks, I had watched four of my loved ones end their lives on this beautiful planet under the excellent care of holistic hospice nurses, and I was hypnotized by the acceptance that not all medicine is about fixing people. Sometimes it’s about letting them go. I still believe in hospice, I believe that holistic health care is about doing the greatest good for the patient, and if that means helping them to be comfortable in their last days, then that is what the nurse should do.
Today, my ideas about nursing have been suddenly shaken. I am still a supporter of hospice. But I realize that hospice was only a window into the holistic nursing process that I would fall so madly in love with. For I am truly in love with my life, and am charmed every day by the fantastic things that happen in other people’s lives. I want to help people fight the diseases that the world inflicts on their bodies. I want to guide healthy people toward a sustainably healthy future. I want to learn. I want to learn all that there is to learn about why our bodies do not protect us from disease, why good people get sick, and how spiritual practice impacts the healing process. This is why I’m in nursing school. Thank you, big brother, for the reminder that I am a part of the new face of health care, and I chose this career path so that I can change lives positively every day.