A Child’s Story, or Why She Became a Nurse

Illustration by Anne Horst. All rights reserved.

Illustration by Anne Horst. All rights reserved.

Day in and day out, a child lives in fear. Her stomach often twists in knots of pain for hours before the pain fades away. The doctors can find no medical reason for the pain. Her mother angrily accuses her of faking it, of being more trouble than she’s worth. The child is often told how stupid she is. Though her father sometimes protects her, at times his medication doesn’t work and he transforms from a caring protective father into a crazed abusive one. Even when the child is unharmed, she stays in a constant state of panic as soon as she walks in her front door.

That’s the opening paragraph of this month’s Reflections essay. “A Child’s Story” is a tough read. It’s about child abuse, helplessness, the will to endure, about those who help and those who don’t. In the end, it’s a hopeful story, despite everything. The story is also a reminder of just how much the decision to become a nurse means to some people. Here’s a brief excerpt, but we hope you’ll read the entire short essay (click on the article title above).—Jacob Molyneux, senior editor

 

 
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2016-11-21T13:04:25+00:00 June 30th, 2014|career, nursing perspective|2 Comments

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Senior editor/social media strategy, American Journal of Nursing, and editor of AJN Off the Charts.

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  1. Jacob M June 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Sorry if that wasn’t clear. You just click the title of the essay, which is a hyperlink that should take you there.

  2. Cderrick June 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Soooo……where can you read the entire essay

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