Your ‘reason’ matters as a nursing student

By | 2021-05-07T08:43:12-04:00 October 30th, 2015|4 Comments

When I was a freshman nursing student, I wished I had an older, wiser nursing student to tell me what school is really like and what to anticipate along the way.

I wished I had someone to give me tips and let me know the teachers were not kidding when they said you cannot start studying the night before a test (like I always had in high school).

With this blog, I am here to do just that.

As’s student blogger, I am going to share tips about studying, internships and clinicals, just to name a few topics. I also am going to offer insight into personal experiences I’ve had while making my way through nursing school.

My name is Kristen. I am a senior nursing student at Molloy College in New York. My years as a nursing student have been filled with gratifying and enjoyable experiences, along with some difficult and trying times. As nursing students, we are resilient and always persevere. We work hard to reach our goals and to overcome any obstacles we might encounter.

Most of us have reasons why we push through. I think we all have a reason why we study all weekend and do not have much of a social life at times.

My reason is one of my best friends, Loren. We met in second grade and remained friends throughout grammar school and high school. Her life changed forever when she was a freshman in college.

She was living her life, going out and having fun, just like any freshman. That is, until she was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought as hard as she could for as long as she could. She passed away three short months later.

She told me the nurses who cared for her sometimes gave her “an attitude” when she didn’t feel like cooperating and that they did not always talk to her in a way she understood.

I knew from that moment on I would become an oncology nurse. I knew I would become the nurse I wish my friend could have had during her illness. I want to be a source of comfort and understanding for all the patients and loved ones I hope to encounter throughout my future career as a nurse.

Please do not be shy about sharing what motivates you to become a nurse. I would love to hear your thoughts or concerns about nursing school so I can help answer questions and guide you along your nursing school path.


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About the Author:

Kristen Ponticelli
Kristen Ponticelli is a senior nursing student at Molloy College in New York. Her posts from a student nurse’s perspective will appear on the last Friday of each month. Write to Kristen by sending an email to [email protected]


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    Trina October 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I was a nursing student in the 1970s. My daughted was a nursing student in the 2-ots. Nursing has always been all consuming. In the50’s and 60’s it was even more consuming. I know nurses who graduated a few years before me who ran the wards at night when they were seniors. I am not advocing that! But nursing requires knowlege, compassion and a lot of fortitude. Young nnurses need to be aware of that and tbose of us who have been around need to remember what it was like to be 22, responsible for peoples lives and scared.

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    Karla October 31, 2015 at 12:35 am - Reply

    My journey started 4 years ago. God blessed me with the gift of pregnancy. As I was trying to adjust, and try to celebrate such a happy time, all of that came to a screeching halt one day. The doctor told me I had intrauterine growth restriction and oligohydramnios. My baby was growing at a slow rate and for some reason, despite all of my efforts I was losing amniotic fluid as I got further into my pregnancy. I remember being so dealthy afraid and stressed out. I remember keeping my pregnancy a secret, because The doctors said they were not sure she was going to survive. I was afraid she would not make it. I could not bare the thought of having to explain to people if the worst happened. My doctor was awful, he had terrible bedside manner. But my nurses… they were like a light for me. They did so little, yet left such an impact. They comforted me and held my hand during some really difficult times. I remember thinking,…. this is it God. This is what I want to do. I want to be a light in this dark world for my patients. I want to spread the love that God gave me to my patients. My baby survived and did not need an incubator or intensive care, she was 4 pounds of love, sent from God with great purpose! I am in my last semester and it has been difficult, but I know I will make it. I know it. Thank you Lord!

    Phil 4:13
    Jeremiah 29:11

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    Nicole Ryan December 1, 2015 at 5:58 am - Reply

    My nursing started when I was 18, as an Hca! Some may say that’s not nursing, but that’s how my love for the job started. Pictures from early childhood show that nursing was to be my passion. At the age of 30, with 3 children to care for commenced my nurse training. Waiting until I was 30 was my only option, sadly living with ridicule and mental abuse stopped me having the confidence before then. With all the commitments of a family I set about the training. I was privileged enough to be seconded by my employer, who agreed along with university that I could do my degree over 6 years. WOW what an amazing 6 years that was…. I learned more in those 6 years than in my adult life, I flourished and matured in ways I could never imagine. I have now been qualified for 4 years…… Thanks to the support of my children, mentors and my utter passion for nursing I am now a ITU nurse. Nursing is quite frankly the best job in the world. There is not a day goes by that I do not love my job. Long may it continue

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    Rachel July 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Nursing is an incredible profession and I applaud every single person who decides that it’s a career they want to pursue. To do so it requires an incredible amount of hard work, resilient attitude, and empathy. We really can’t thank the nurses in our lives enough for all that they do! Thanks for sharing your reason.

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