Career Pathway Assessment Essay

3135 Words Nov 11th, 2015 13 Pages
Career Pathway Assessment
Amy Dolan
Old Dominion University School of Nursing

I have always been a “nurse”. I “nursed” my sister when she was little, I picked “flowers” (weeds) for my mother when she was sick, and I rushed to a friend’s aid in high school when she fainted due to anorexia. My nickname my senior year in high school was none other than “Florence”. It’s just me-the instinct to assist, to nurture - to help make a difference. However, it took many years and a few careers to finally figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I was drawn into the medical field when I met my first husband, the father of my daughter. He was a podiatrist and I ended up working in his office as a secretary and bookkeeper. Over the
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It took three years, due to my father’s diagnosis in 2006 of MDS, its subsequent transition to AML and again, the need to spend as much time as possible with him.
Educational Experience
Formal education is just that – formal. It has no feeling and no life. It teaches us rudimentary skills and makes us learn or memorize facts we will need in the future. Informal education, what many call “on the job training” is life changing and develops skills no book can teach. Surgery Trauma ICUs are tough. Not everyone who becomes a nurse can be or wants to be a trauma nurse. On a daily basis we deal with catastrophic illness, body dysfunction and limb loss, transplantation and rejection, administration of multiple medications to prolong life, families, regulations, and of course, doctors. Then, there is death. Many nurses see it. As trauma nurses, there have been times when we have lost five patients in the same week. It toughens you, whether or not it was your patient that died. It also enlightens you and makes you take a look at your own mortality. The first patient I lost will forever be in my memory. I think it’s that way for many nurses. A dentist, he was in his 80’s and had been in a car accident. Due to his injuries, his prognosis was grave and this was made more so by his do not resuscitate order and unwillingness to be placed on a ventilator. Decisions were made and it

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