Sydney, a current pediatric CNA and nursing student, is almost near the end of her journey to becoming an RN. Despite the tumultuous year it’s been, she’s pretty darn excited to finally become a nurse because she truly believes that nursing is a work of heart — a work that she’s felt called to since she was a child. She’s got her mind set on the NICU, where she’ll make an impact on newborns and their entire families through her care.
I THINK THIS PANDEMIC PROVES THAT ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN; I USED TO TAKE FOR GRANTED THE SMALLEST THINGS, BUT NOW I AM SUPER THANKFUL TO BE ABLE TO SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN RN?
I have always wanted to be in the medical field ever since I was a kid, however, I always thought I wanted to be a doctor. No one in my family is in the medical field so I was unaware of the different scopes of practice. I started shadowing different health care professionals in my senior year of high school and realized that nursing is my passion.
WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FIELD?
I love nursing because of the impact we can have on our patients and the quality time we spend with them; we are with our patients all day and we can usually tell if something is off or different about them. I love kids and babies and caring for them just makes me happy. Building connections with parents is also a very rewarding part of my job! I am very interested in NICU because you are caring for a little baby who has their entire life ahead of them – you are providing them the care that can impact their future and their entire family’s future. The parents are also facing one of the scariest moments in their lives and you can make such a difference in their experience in the NICU just by being there for them and their baby.
WHAT IS A STEREOTYPE THAT IS TRUE ABOUT YOUR FIELD?
One stereotype in nursing that I believe to be true is that nursing is a work of heart. I believe that it takes a special person to become a nurse. Nursing is hard and can be very challenging both mentally and physically. Most people go into nursing because they care about others and want to make a difference and I feel like that says a lot about the people in the profession.
WHAT WAS ONE CHALLENGE YOU FACED THIS YEAR AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?
The biggest challenge I faced this year was transitioning to online nursing school and dealing with COVID-19 as a healthcare worker. To overcome these challenges I tried to be more adaptable to change and to give myself grace. I also tried to participate in self-care practices more.
WHAT WAS THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF THIS YEAR AND WHERE HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THE MOST GROWTH?
The most inspiring part of this year to me was seeing how my community supported us, healthcare workers, at the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. So many amazing people and companies provided my hospital with so many resources and meals for the staff. It was very inspiring to me to see everyone come together and really help each other out. I personally believe that I have felt the most positive growth this year within how we value each other and appreciate the little things in life. I think this pandemic proves that anything can happen; I used to take for granted the smallest things like going out to dinner. But now I am super thankful to be able to go out and spend time with friends and family. I also think that this pandemic has made society more health-conscious. We are more aware of preventing the spread of illnesses, proper ways to protect yourself and the importance of handwashing and disinfecting. I am hopeful that these practices will lead us to a healthier society in the future.