Mental and Physical Readiness

Mentaland Physical Readiness

Myyearning to become a medical professional began when I was veryyoung. I was always longing to become a registered nurse so that Ican live a fulfilling life by using my scientific knowledge to make apositive impact in the lives of others. Appreciatively so, I havejust started nursing school. To me, this is a dream come true.Nonetheless, I am aware that the profession I am entering is a verychallenging one because it deals with human life which must treatedwith sanctity because it is God’s gift. In my capacity as aprofessional nurse, I know that I will frequently be called upon toprovide advanced or basic life support in the event of an emergency,pediatric, or advanced cardiovascular life support.

Iam confident to say that I am not scared of taking on such weightyresponsibilities because I will be delighted to use my scientificknowledge to help my patients in their greatest time of need. I mightnot have comprehensive competence at the moment, but I am positivethat the scientific concepts I will learn in class will be put intopractice in the field. The only medical competence I can modestly sayI possess is basic first aid skills. I acquired these skills when Iwas taking on a swimming class, where we were trained on how toperform CPR in case someone drowned and there was no assistancewithin reach. However, I have never used these skills to savesomeone’s life.

Thedesire to become a registered nurse drove me into watching televisionfilms that have medical themes. I have watched all the episodes offilms like Grey’sanatomy,ER,House,and PrivatePractice(just to mention but a few). In these films, I have had a sneakpreview of the level of pressure behind providing basic and advancedlife support in emergency situations. Judging by what I watch, I canloosely describe emergency situations as periods of intensive patientcare. Medical professionals specialized in different scopes ofmedicine are always at their best,working together as one team with the solitary aim of saving the lifeof a patient. An emergency is characterized by a beehive ofactivities, with doctors and nurses reaching out for pertinentparaphernalia while relaying relevant medical information in perfectsynchronization. To perfectly blend into this system of medicalprofessionals, I acknowledge the fact that I should be mentally andphysically prepared to handle the situation when the time comes.

Aboveand beyond getting to understand the dynamics in an emergencyscenario, I also learned some important elements pertaining to how anurse should be mentally and physically prepared for his or her firstlifesaving support experience. From the films, I learned that theprerequisite for a novice nurse to effectively administer afirst-time lifesaving procedure is to prepare mentally. In thisregard, I can positively affirm that I have mentally prepared for myfirst lifesaving act because I have already identified both my strongand weak mental and psychological features both of which will affecthow I will perform in the field when the time comes. Now that I havealready identified my weak areas, I will focus on improving in thoseareas because an improvement will signify amplification in my levelof competency.

What’smore, part of my mental preparation is unconditionally trusting inmyself. Even if I acquire the best of scientific knowledge in myfield of nursing, it will not be of significance if I will not havefaith in myself or the medical actions I will take in the field.Having trusted myself, I know that there is no likelihood that Imight feel overwhelmed when I am handling an emergency situation inwhich I will be expected to provide life sustaining support. I ampositive that I will be able to face up to the challenges ofproviding life support because I trust in my medical judgments andclinical protocols. In the films, I have seen novice nurses anddoctors amplify their professional competencies after they developmore trust in themselves and what they do.

Inaddition to mental preparedness, I have also physically set myselfready for when the moment comes. From the films, I learned a simplebut effective physical mechanism of calming the body in emergencysituations. In House,House (the main character) often tells his novice nurses and doctorsto take a second or two in between medical procedures for them tobreathe and restore their thought processes a concept he endorses aseffective because it works for him. To this effect, I have physicallytaught myself the breathing rhythms that induce physical relaxationeliminating the possibility of anxiety and tension when I am facedwith weighty medical situations. In House,the momentary breathing movements often make the nurses relaxspringing back into action once their systems are optimized.Additionally, I am preparing myself physically because I eat andsleep well. I have watched scenes where the performance of nurses isgreatly affected because of not getting enough sleep. To this effect,I am physically preparing myself because I have time schedulingsystem (which I strictly adhere to) that allocates enough time forwork, leisure, and rest. Judging by my physical and mentalpreparations, I am positive that I will be in a position to handleany lifesaving procedures in an emergency. I am looking forward to myfirst lifesaving experience because I will be mentally and physicallyequipped to make a positive impact in the life of my first patient.