of the week: Meet Nurse @wali_khann.
I am a Trauma nurse at a level 1 trauma center in Chicago. I've been a nurse for two years now. The reason I chose nursing has changed much as I've grown and interacted with my patients and their families. Prior to becoming a nurse or even a student, you think you know what it is that you want and what you're striving for. However, I believe It isnt until you're allowed into the hearts of your patients and their families that you truly understand why it is that you chose nursing.
I chose nursing because Its not just my livelihood. Its what make me feel like I truly impact the lives of human being on more than just the level of health.
I like that my interactions with patients and families go beyond just the bedside. Beyond the medicine. I love that we bond on an emotional level. We cry because of our connections on a spiritual level. And thats just a surface of it.
As many would say, I dislike when ethical issues arise due to the politics of the hospital system. When decisions are poorly made that impact patients because someone at a higher chain of command felt it was necessary due to their personal beliefs. I guess you can say, hospital politics.
My advice to those striving to take this path: Dont see this as a "career". Dont come to work for a paycheck. Dont just be a body passing medicine. You have the capacity to give and do so much more. You deserve more out of yourself and so do your patients.
I plan to stay in the trauma ICU for sometime longer as I prepare for CRNA school. You can always DM me for any questions/comments you'd like to share and I am always happy to respond!