"...I felt she needed me..."
TranscriptMy new favorite phrase is, “God has a plan.” I say this to myself every morning. It makes each day that much more special. We always have a plan B, but God’s plan for us is always his original plan. When I graduated in 1992, I did not know exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I thought of being a psychiatrist because deep down inside I felt I could help people through listening. People have always felt comfortable confiding in me, but instead of listening to myself I listened to my seniors who had suggested I study business since I was good at math. After many years of being a professional student and feeling lost, I finally found myself back to his original plan, to help others. My very first day in clinicals I will never forget because it confirmed my destiny. My 77 year old, female patient who was suffering from multiple conditions looked me straight in the eyes and ask, “How old are you?” I saw her whole life flash in front of me through her eyes. At that very moment, I knew I had made the right choice in choosing nursing. For that brief moment, we connected and I felt she needed me and appreciated my presence. To me, philosophy of healthcare is providing compassionate care, whether it is through modern science or simply through listening.
Updated: April 12, 2011 - 2:40pm - by Yvette Saliba