My name is Maria and I am an ambitious, compassionate, leader who wants to change the world through healing and encouraging others. I have always been drawn towards people, even as a young child. My natural inclination towards helping others made me very compassionate towards healthy behaviors and positive well-being.
The health care field has been a calling on my life, rather than a choice. I grew up in a small town, nestled in the big blue mountains, right outside of Asheville, North Carolina. My home-town created an atmosphere of nurturing and caring for each other in the community.
My parents both had careers in fields dealing with human service, and my grandmother instilled values of faith, love, and doing good towards others, which I believe gave me my foundation for caring.
Planning My Pathway
I graduated high school and got a bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Promotion, which taught me the dimensions and ranges of health. My future goals are to work in health education as a nurse, teaching others how to reach autonomy with their health and finding confidence to be healthy.
I also plan on starting a beautiful family in a home filled with love and happiness, with my soon-to-be fiancé, as I complete nursing school and blend our families.
Once I earn my nursing degree I plan on making an impact on society by inspiring others to feel passionate about health while valuing care as a top priority. I believe that a personal ethical character comprised of compassionate care, education, and commitment is very important for professionals who enter into the health care field.
I plan on implementing policies and educational tools that help many people of different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs understand what health is, how to achieve well-being despite certain disparities within communities, and how to be independent in maintaining and increasing their health throughout the lifespan. I plan on designing and implementing wellness programs within corporations, communities, and schools.
I also plan on creating educational programs that increase awareness about the different dimensions of health focusing on environmental, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social aspects of well-being. I believe that many people are unware, unmotivated, and somewhat submissive when it comes to taking care of their individual health.
I want to make sure that people are able to make informed decision about their health with confidence and knowledge gained through the supplemental programs I help provide. I also plan on teaching nursing education in hospital settings that keep nurses motivated, encouraged, and empowered to deliver care and procedures within their practice.
Attitude is everything in nursing, if people feel empowered, then they will have a more positive attitude toward health. I want to help be the catalyst in their journey towards positive health.
Hurdles To Overcome
I believe that nursing has lost the vigor and passion required to give patients exceptional and adequate care. Many nurses are over-worked, unappreciated, and face under-staffing issues that cause mental and physical strain. All of these factors are leading to quick burnouts within the nursing field, many nurses are losing their passion.
They aren’t being educated like they should be on new evidence based skills, and they are facing high turn-over rates. If I could change the nursing field I would want to help implement policies through political activism that will help establish a safe nurse-patient ratio in hospitals. This will help nurses feel like they are able to give proper care to the patient without safety becoming an issue.
I would also want to help create face-to-face in-services for nursing staff that will help them develop their skills in an environment where questions and skilled practice can occur. I would also create compassion and vigor classes for nurses that help remind them that they are super heroes with gifts to heal and create wellness.
I would want to put excitement and joy back into nursing, where nurses feel like they are soldiers on the front line-again. Creating programs, and actually teaching compassion and joy are goals that I think are attainable in the future for nursing.
When I was five years old my parents told me that I was adopted. I had very compassionate and kind parents, but they were humanbeings who dealt with their own personal issues which caused them to fall into times of depression, and absence. My father worked so much that I barely saw him, while my mother filled up on anti-depressants and nicotine in order to deal with her life.
This left me to learn how to be self-sufficient, self-compassionate, and helped me develop a very deep self-love which I found through my faith in God. I dealt personally with very deep feelings of loneliness, sadness, and hopelessness as a child and as I got older I got stronger and wiser.
My faith made me dedicated towards loving and helping others. I have always been inclined toward helping people who were sick either physically, mentally, or emotionally even as a child, but as I got older I realized that maybe helping and caring for others was my calling.
Goals For The Future
I became a certified nursing assistant, and this job opened my eyes to the healing power that nursing can bring. I have not turned back since. I currently work at a hospital on a neuroscience floor and my job is very rewarding. I enjoy making my patients laugh, smile, and reflect on good moments within their lives.
I love to hear stories of love that has lasted 70 years plus, and I make sure to care compassionately and openly with a smile. Nursing is a career that I believe called me, I feel passionately about health and wellness, and I definitely want to leave a healing hand on this Earth.