another scholarship essay headed for the bin

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Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “Unless you attempt to do something beyond which you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Truer words were never spoken, yet those words are simple and complex at the same time. Simple, because nursing is not a static profession, and complex because as humans, we can become static due to… life.

As a nurse with three years of pediatric homecare experience under my belt, I internally always wanted more. After my first year of working, I began applying to hospitals. I was always rejected because my homecare experience did not equate with one year medical/surgical experience. Yes, catch-22, and a debate to be had at another time.

Yet, I persisted. I accepted a new position in long term care in November 2013. I am now a charge nurse. I went from caring for one pediatric patient for one shift, to managing 30 geriatric and adult mental health patients for, sometimes, two shifts back to back. I am not in my comfort zone, but I am thriving professionally, because I am doing things beyond which I have already mastered.

This nursing education scholarship will support my professional goals by permitting me to grow as an advanced practice nurse. On my own, I can only acquire nursing skills as the market permits. But with your assistance, I can learn how to expertly treat a broader spectrum of patients, and have a more significant impact on their lives and their communities.

The nursing profession is not static. The skills and abilities of the nurse should not become stagnant due to economic forces. Growth must be encouraged and also assisted. Continued education is key to that growth. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

**it’s 2014 and school is about to begin, so expect to see more academic posts, especially since i must now work, go to school, watch my shows AND be a dazzling and perfect writer by night (just kidding, i don’t need to write at night;)**