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Nursing

A Journal Entry of A Nursing Student

Nursing
Viva Voce

I take a deep breath … and another in quick succession. I step into the room where my Physiology lecturer is sitting down, waiting to question me. As she asked me questions related to hormones, the gastrointestinal tract and patient care, my heart (must have audibly) thrummed.

One minute done

Two minutes done

Six minutes. “Okay. You can go now,” said the lecturer as she took out her pen, sipped her juice and wrote down my marks. Well, that was a new experience. My first oral examination. Viva Voce.

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When I stepped into the College of Health Sciences in Chiromo campus for my pre-clinical studies, I was elated like the thousands of students who had been accepted. Moreover, I would be studying what I loved most, Nursing Sciences. Everything was organized with bookmarks already subdividing my notebooks. My whole body hummed with the excitement of seeing cadavers. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but my Fight or Flight mechanism had been set to Fight from the word go.

One week.

Two weeks.

Six weeks. Things began to get real. Learning by now was on full throttle. Social life…? Dressing up for class…? I believe I forgot the meaning of that in my quest to be the best first year nursing student I could possibly be.

Growing up, I had never really heard anyone describe what it took to be a nurse. Not just any nurse, a GREAT nurse (trained at the University of Nairobi). Everyone seemed to emphasize on the importance of being a great doctor, pharmacist and surgeon. I soon discovered that it takes so much dedication, discipline, optimism, focus, compassion, empathy, hard-work and some amount of coffee when you wake up at wee hours of the night to study.

We would be studying Physiology and Biochemistry, two very interesting but bulky subjects, in one school year. When we began Neuroanatomy, the thought of studying the intricate details of our refined nervous system had me enthusiastic. However, with time, the only thing that kept me focused was the ever present thought that God had given me the passion for nursing for His honour and glory and the drive to make my family proud.

Effortlessly, I can choose to focus on what didn’t seem to be going right, and forget to be appreciative of what was amazing…

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Silver Lining

Kind, dedicated lecturers did their best to not only deliver the lesson in the best way but to also mentor the students. Once, in a lecturer’s office, I was scared that I wouldn’t make the 50% cut in Anatomy. She calmly walked me through strategising what I needed to change in my study habits. Her advice was not just for first year, but for life. On another occasion, my friends and I bumped into one of our favourite lecturers on his way from lunch. He took the opportunity to encourage and advise us on studying for our finals.

Wonderful new friends. Beautiful memories. The thrill of learning how to give injections. The first-hand experience of taking care of patients during our weekly ward rotations. The new unbeatable food combinations of university students. God protected and provided for us.

I am now one year closer to getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Sciences. I would not trade this for anything else in the world. The experience this far is one that I can’t exchange for anything else. The irreplaceable joy in the face of a discharged patient. The relief that pours out from the patient who just needed someone to talk to so you listened. The peace and happiness that bubbles in your heart when a patient blesses you.

I take a deep breath and decide to end here. I know at the end of this year, there will be a lecturer in a room waiting to question me.

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38 comments

Wangare April 18, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Very Inspiring
It has made me consider a career in nursing.
Thank you very much.👍👍

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:38 pm

Thank you Wangare 😂. You can definitely know if Nursing is what you want to do by volunteering in a hospital or clinic some time.✨

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Njire Njeri April 18, 2020 at 6:57 pm

The excitement about cadavers was unforeseen. And Yeah, it’s always about the test. A good read in the end.

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm

True that!! 😄 Thank you Njire 🙏🏾

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Amy April 18, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Very Inspiring.
It makes me want to consider taking a career in nursing.
👍👍

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Clara April 18, 2020 at 7:20 pm

This is beautiful ♥️♥️

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Than you 💞

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Ruth April 18, 2020 at 7:23 pm

Thank you so much
Very informative

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Thank you Ruth 😂♥️

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Sibo April 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm

Alma, this is a concise and yet so beautiful a piece. 🌸

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Kamau April 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Ooh Alma….A nice story Here …I love it

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Rehema Alma April 18, 2020 at 8:15 pm

Thank you so much Ndichû 🤗

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Karen April 19, 2020 at 4:47 am

Sooo well written and you’re almost done!!!💃🏽
Good job!!

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm

Thank you so so much ❤️

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Austin April 19, 2020 at 6:26 am

Woah! Soo Good!

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Anne Mbotela April 19, 2020 at 8:42 am

Hi Slma. Loved it…not too long…just right. My only question: What did the Lecturer give you on the Oral test. Lol.
You will make a top Nurse, anywhere in the world.
Aunty Anne

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm

Thank you so much for the encouragement Auntie Anne 💕

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Brigael Eto April 19, 2020 at 9:46 am

A very nice piece

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:29 pm

Thank you so much Brigael.

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Noel Odero April 19, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Great story… Need more of these

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:33 pm

Noel, thank you. As God leads I will definitely keep writing ✨

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Mildred Odhiambo April 19, 2020 at 1:07 pm

Beautiful Alma, we don’t always say our story, don’t stop there, I’m proud of you

Much love and prayers

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

This has literally inspired me. Thank you ♥️!

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Rosemary April 19, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Such a great account, Alma! So glad you are enjoying our great profession:) God bless you as you bless others x

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:36 pm

Thank you!! I am so grateful for the work you and every nurse does ♥️ x

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Rachel April 19, 2020 at 2:59 pm

Beautiful writing that captures your passion and calling..well done Alma!

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:36 pm

Thank you very very much ♥️

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Mbaire April 19, 2020 at 5:14 pm

Great writing Alma 😊

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:37 pm

Thank you Mbaire ♥️

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Essie Zawadi April 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Alma, this is such a good read! Enjoyed it.

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Rehema Alma April 23, 2020 at 10:38 pm

Essie, thank you ♥️

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Kiki April 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Very Nice, and inspiring👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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Rehema Alma April 20, 2020 at 11:13 am

Thank you Wangare. You can definitely know if Nursing is what you want to do by volunteering in a hospital or clinic some time.

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Mgute April 23, 2020 at 10:33 am

I couldn’t help but smile throughout the whole article. So simple, yet so invigorating. Great Piece Rehema. I loved it.

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Purity Baraza April 28, 2020 at 9:36 am

This is amazing

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Renny May 5, 2022 at 6:46 pm

Epic!

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Cherono Tanui May 6, 2022 at 8:20 pm

An amazing story to read,that I wish it was a paragraph longer.Thank you for sharing,

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