Rebecca Lawson On the long treasure hunt There is always that simple and understated question every child is asked sooner or later. “What do you want to be when you grow up? “ Rest assured that sometime in your lifetime you too have heard this simple question. This question, which has plagued me from childhood, echoed through my teen years, and stuck like a thorn in my side as an adult, has struck again. Once upon a time I was a little girl with a handful of hopes and a head full of dreams. I was a child with hundreds of questions and unsatisfied with any answer I was given.
I became an avid treasure hunter, hungry to know more, to do more, and to see more. Each day I searched like a pirate on the high seas searching for that infamous treasure, to uncover the answer to this most basic yet complex question. I have learned I am an effortless observer. I enjoy watching people and how they interact with one another. I savor hearing the stories of that neighbor who has beat cancer. I rejoice in reading about the latest breakthroughs in technology. Each day, I hunger for more. Intrigued by the scientific miracles discovered daily, it is no wonder why I have finally discovered an answer to this question.
I have chose to become a nurse now that I have grown up. Upon choosing Nursing as my major, I was asked, ‘Why do you want to be a nurse? “ I answer this question with a question, “why would I not want to be a nurse? “ Truth is, my whole life I could never really decide on a what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now at 34, the answer to my childhood question that has played hide and seek with me, finally has been answered. For some the answer is always clear, but for others such as myself , it takes a lifetime of trials and tribulation to find the truth. I want to be a nurse to make a difference.
I want to make a difference, to have an impact on the lives I touch, and continue to search for medical answers anyway I can. I have been in the workforce rat race for a long time. I have worked in the health care profession in various settings and at different levels for the past ten years. I have been a certified nursing assistant, a medical assistant, and a lab assistant. I have found that I could be prideful and boastful with each of these careers. My job is important to the sick and important to the healing. Currently as a lab assistant, my job is a step in several to diagnosing, discovering and healing.
From the lab, doctors are able to diagnose the sick provide preventive care to all. Being in this setting has given me perspective. I have reflected on my previous long treasured road in the workforce to understand why I now long to be a nurse. Upon careful consideration and planning, I decided at age 34 that perusing a career in nursing is my long term employment goal. I am presently working on getting my first BSN. From there I plan on acquiring a MSN with an emphasis in CRNA( Certified Registered Nursing Anesthesia). When deciding to emphasize in CRNA, I initially saw dollar signs.
The profession yields an annual six figure income. That kind of money is like waving a steak at a hungry dog, give it to me. Who would not want to work a job they were born to do and be well compensated? I can have my cake and eat it too, sounds like a great “once upon a time” fairytale to me. I am pursing my dreams on the on the education ladder to become a nurse. Today I sit three semesters under my belt, juggling a full time job and being a full time student. In life, we learn that we have to give to receive. I give up my free time to become educated and advance in the healthcare field.
I honestly do not have a life. I have found that by becoming a nurse I will be able to continue being a treasure hunter. As a child I saw exploring as gallant and colorfully exciting. I believe that as we become adults, life becomes a black and white routine and we forget along the way about the daunting question we honestly answered as a six year old to become a fairy or a pirate when we grow up. Through my career choice, I do see a glimmer of hope and a new perspective in my quest for my next great discovery and next undiscovered treasure. The light at the end of the tunnel casts a guiding light for me to travel.