Studying Nursing Means No Nurse Left Behind

A motto that motivates nursing students

Each student has different reasons for choosing their major. Sometimes it is hard to decide what we want to do and why we want to do it. If you are even slightly considering studying nursing at NYU, this is the right article for you.

When a close friend of mine experienced stillbirth, I knew I wanted to go into a field where I could impact infant mortality. After research and observation, I decided I wanted to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. Many people, including my own mother, question why I don’t want to become a doctor. For me, the answer is simple. I want to have day-to-day interactions with patients and be a source of comfort to many, which nurses do expertly.

After getting into the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, I was over the moon that my dreams were going to become a reality. However, like everyone else, I had my doubts.

Internet Searching...

From social media sources like Reddit and Twitter, I gained bad impressions of what people studying nursing are like. For example, people who study nursing are “competitive sharks” and “mean girls with no passion.” While a part of me logically knew this was not true, I started to worry. I worried I would find people less passionate than me or people who were overly competitive.

From the First Moment of Orientation...

As soon as I entered the NYU Meyers building, I was greeted with the exact opposite of my worries. Every student I met was so excited to meet someone new they would interact with for the next four years. We were all ready to struggle together.

At orientation we had a very important task: to create a class motto. Many mottos were presented, from “treat others how you want to be treated” to “trust me, I’m a nurse.” We took a vote for our new class motto. Despite all the great options, one motto won with an overwhelming majority…

NO NURSE LEFT BEHIND

NYU Meyers nursing students at orientation.

As a Second Year...

Now that I have entered my second year, I can say the NYU Meyers community has debunked all of those nursing stereotypes and stayed true to the chosen class motto. When I lead tours, people ask me what my favorite thing about NYU is, and I always say it’s the community. From group chats for every class to study sessions, the nursing community works together to achieve our goals. This practice is something I have no doubt will continue as we enter clinicals and grow closer to graduation.

NYU nursing student in scrubs.
Students in class together. All are wearing masks
Students of color working with a professor in the NYU Meyers Clinical Simulation Learning Center.