The batch of 2015, AIIMS Bhubaneswar. Coming from the land of mountains to the salty shores to pursue something that was never my first choice, nor was the second.
So was I forced? NO
Did I make a choice? YES
I came to AIIMS Bhubaneswar in 2015 in the hot summers of august to enroll myself in B.SC (Hons) Nursing to be a proud Nursing Officer (could hear someone say “sister”).
So was it easy? U will find out.
100% attendance, 50% passing marks, tons of assignments, daily 5 hours of clinical postings, 4 hours of theory classes, a few 100 lab hours, community postings in 43 degree summers to the cyclones and thunderstorms, strict college rules, a research study on no less than 300 patients, more than 15 subjects including compulsory passing in local language exam, compensation postings in vacations, tasty mess food, sleepless nights, sleepy mornings and drowsy evenings, sometimes empty bellies and the other times dehydrated, a few emotional outbursts and a few counseling sessions, emergency postings in case of any natural calamity or mass casualty.
SO!!! Ask me again,
Was it easy? NO,
Was it fun? HELL NO,
Was it worth it? YES,
Is this profession my first choice now? Definately a YES.
Smile of people whom we serve, the old hands that bless us, the warm hugs from a child, the teary eyes asking for help, the patient that we revived, good friends that always have our back, our college events (chiasma) that makes everyone go Gaga, the mandatory evening tea from our beloved mausi is what makes us work tirelessly, this is what keeps us going day in and day out.
And now in this time of the pandemic, being a frontline warrior, without knowing our survival rates, with the PPE on for 6 long hours, barely getting any breath, soaked in our sweat, controlling our bladders straight for hours, dehydrated, still bouncing back every single day because this is what nursing made out of me, this is what AIIMS made out of its every student and this is what nurses do.
And if someone asks me where do I see myself in 5 years from now, my answer will be the same “a frontline warrior” (only if I survive).
Signing out- a proud Nursing Officer. (unapologetically not your sister).
Batch of 2015, AIIMS Bhubaneswar