Not even in my wildest dreams had I thought I’d be a nurse 3 years down the track. Although I respected the work nurses provided to the community, the stigma of being a male nurse was always at the back of my mind.
I was happy pursuing the career and dreams that I day-dreamed of when I first flew over the seas to Sydney 9 years ago. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nursing. Like any teenager, I wanted to be successful and rich.
At that time the obvious key to that world was Information Technology (IT). Struggling with the overseas lifestyle, I completed several IT courses only to find my dreams shattered gradually to the point where hopes had no room and the dark tunnel looked even darker.
Maybe that was depression which I failed to recognise then but I knew I had to make some changes in my life. I couldn’t run away from reality anymore or pretend everything was alright. I desperately needed a new beginning, a new career.
I ventured my options, my interests and passions:
- Pilot (my childhood dream)
- Astronomy (my all time fascination)
- Scientist (what I really believed in)
Still no Nursing in sight. Medicine was too expensive for an international student. Becoming a pilot, astronomy and scientist didn’t seem that feasible in my future (near future). My friend’s dad being involved in health care himself was the one who put the idea of nursing into my head.
Now, I can’t thank him enough. Thank you Mr. Thapa. For the first time I seriously thought about it:
“There is an enormous amount of science involved in nursing, the job diversity is infinite”
but seeing me as a researcher further down the track, was what pulled me right into it.
“I am going to accompany the lonely and needy ones”
“I am going to listen to they have to tell”
“I am going to make who is low and down, feel better; who is unwell get well”
“I am going to assure the frightened ones”
“I am going to install hope in people who has lost everything in life”
“I am going to save some lives today”.
That feeling with sheer determination is much more than humane and the joy it brings when you actually do save a life is out of this material world.
What more can you be more proud of? That is nursing to me, a portal to step into my spirituality.
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