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My Future Career

When I was young every adult would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Of course standing there at that very moment I had no idea. I thought maybe I would be this amazing interior designer, like my mother and decorate all these wonderful houses and then I realized I was not very good at it. So I would sit in my room and think…hmmm what would I be good at? Then I thought I knew what I wanted to be, a trust officer, just like my dad! I went years thinking I would be great at that job.  Later to find out I am not that great at math…my dad says you do not need these AMAZING math skills, but I know I could never be as good as him. Finally at the age of 11 I knew exactly what I wanted to be, a physician’s assistant! Now what is a physician’s assistant you might ask?  A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional (aka that amazing nurse that knows everything about you but is not quite your doctor). Now I know you are wondering what PA’s do so here is a list, PA’s take your medical history, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, counsel on preventive care, assist in surgery, write prescriptions, and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. Exciting right!? Well maybe not to you, but it is for me. Now I do not want to be any old physician’s assistant I want to be a pediatrics physician’s assistant. I ABSOLUTELY love kids! Always have and always will, younger kids are more of my cup a tea, 0-12 I would say. I would love to work in a hospital setting when I become a PA. I feel as if you want to work with kids especially in the hospital, you need your own personal story, something you have gone through, so you can connect with them, like you know what they are going through. I learned that from the nurse I had while I was in the hospital for a week, last school year. The nurses I had changed my whole outlook on being a nurse, especially nurse Megan. The nurses at that hospital inspired me to really go and try my absolute hardest at becoming who I want to be. I am actually super thankful that I was hospitalized because if that never happened I would have given up on myself already. I know that may sound CRAZY, but I now have that story that I can connect to some patients, and be able to show them that they are not there alone, that somebody will always be there for them. That reminds me of the show my mom and I watch, Red Band Society on ABC family. I feel like I am, and will be Nurse Jackson. She is there for each patient mentioned on the show. You can see her true dedication to them, and I feel as if that is inspiring as well. I cannot wait to achieve the dream that I have had since I was 11. I cannot wait to really start “living the dream!”