Why do I want to become a nurse?

‘Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate uselessness of anger’ (Dalai Lama).

With the current stresses and strains on our National Health Service (NHS), the bad press and the shortage of staff why would anyone want to go into this profession and furthermore why our NHS?

Hello, my name is Claire Carmichael and I am passionate about nursing and our NHS! The first time I took note of nurses was when I was 7 years old and the district nurses came to provide end of life care to my grandad at home. Following this, my grandmother who died in hospital of Cancer when I was 15 years old. At the time, I remember feeling helpless and I did not fully understand what was going on or the conditions they both had. Furthermore, I wanted to gain more knowledge to help others in the future.

I started working in a care home for the elderly, in 2005, to build up my experience and complete my NVQ’s followed by the access course to get me onto the nursing degree. It was at this particular care home that I fell in love with the nursing profession.

Over my 10 years of working within healthcare services I have witnessed professionals losing the passion for nursing and staffing levels reducing; I want to make a change here! I want to turn negativity into nurse positivity and bring the passion back into the hearts of those who are lost.

I did not come into nursing for the money or for the promotion, I came into nursing to make a difference.

I started nursing to make a difference to patients and their families but now I stand here today to make a difference to healthcare professionals too. That starts with future student nurses all the way up to the top.

Why do I stand by our NHS I hear you ask? ‘You could just work for a private company and get more money’ No… because I believe in our NHS (a free healthcare system for ALL) and we are so lucky to be living in the United Kingdom with such a privilege. Why should those less fortunate go without? Why should there be pain and suffering when it can be prevented? On the 5th of July our NHS turns 70! What an achievement. I am so proud and honoured to be working for our NHS. Our NHS is a part of history and I will do anything I can to help make our wonderful NHS the future. I stand by our NHS and the staff that work within it, they all do such an incredible job on a daily basis. They are the real superheroes of the world.

Anyone reading this feeling deflated, unmotivated, losing faith in our nursing profession:

Remember why you came into this career. Remember the day you stood proud to be a nurse. Remember the day YOU made a difference to someone else life and it was not to get a reward in return. You did this because you are an amazing human being and care more for others than your own needs. Never forget the love you have in your heart for the patients you care for. Never forget how incredible you are and what a difference you can make to everyone around you. Not just the patients but your colleagues, the laughter and the tears you have together. The team work you build to provide the best care possible for your patients. Never lose faith of this role of the superhero you are.


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