"...one day at a time..."
Joshua Magallon, A.S. Nursing Student
TranscriptNursing has been a tradition for most of my family. Originally I aspired to pharmacy, thinking I’d prefer a more solitary profession. As I imagined the job during my first year of prereqs, I figured out that maybe I wanted the exact opposite. Regardless, I felt that healthcare would be part of my life. I couldn’t quite see myself anywhere else. Self-satisfaction with job stability were two inarguable qualities of a job that make up its appeal. But that doesn’t necessarily have to do with philosophy though but rather myself. I remember the debate in one of the first few days of class on whether or not man is naturally good or bad. I held my tongue for most of that discussion for three reasons. One, I was really sleepy. Two, I knew my nursing friends would probably tell me to shut my mouth for over-thinking. Third, I knew that probably the discussion would have never ended if I tore into the issue deeper because I wanted to talk about Ethics. Many assignments in this class turned my writing into some sort of ethical discussions, most of which going into having more than a superficial involvement with the patients. This reminded me of this one story Janis went over regarding a janitor whose work was appreciated more than even the doctors or nurses because that janitor stated his name and role in helping the patient get well. Getting involved with the patients wasn’t a problem when I used to volunteer, but as a nurse, I wonder how long one can stick with philosophy while shouldering so much responsibility already. Some ethics on maybe 3 assignments I did were things like selflessness and altruism, but then on the final we had to consider burning out. My philosophy is generally trying to be as perfect as possible. Actively listening, being a patient advocate, being skilled in my job, being a pillar of support. But believe it or not guys I’m human. Plus I and many of us are just going to be starting out in our healthcare. So I revise my philosophy. It’s not just being selfless, it’s okay to be myself. I’ll simply take it one day at a time and do my best for my patient based on ethics and my Christian foundations. It’s taking a step at a time.
Updated: January 11, 2011 - 12:11pm - by Yvette Saliba