There are decisions in life we make that we are uncertain of – probably fifty percent of it we are sure to regret in the future. Taking Health Informatics, however, was part of the other half. Health Informatics 201 as an introductory course in the degree program opened a lot of doors for me – not only that it has given me a great understanding of what I am getting myself into, but it actually helped me realized how vital this course is in the future of our healthcare. There is no stopping for technology to grow faster and now penetrating healthcare even more; however, our time is just limited, but if you come to think if it – time is irrelevant if we leave trails along the way. And our knowledge can be limitless if we adapt to these changes we are facing, and will be facing in the world of healthcare.
In this blog, you will see different posts that are health informatics related – which are tagged under category of health informatics: http://anotheralvin.com/category/health-informatics/. These are actually weekly requirements for school, to read articles, to answer weekly driving questions, and to discuss this in the class. It seemed to be very simple, but it was challenging to juggle it with demands from work, and life. Nonetheless, I honestly enjoyed it because how else we can enjoy technology in healthcare but by sharing it in social media, and through writing which I am fond of.
I can’t say that my knowledge and understanding of the course is now on its’ full bloom state, since I know that I still have so much to learn and unravel. But what I am really happy about is that I can now see myself clearly, and the direction of my journey here is now pointing to many doors in the future which I know will help me fulfil my passion and goals.
I have always been so passionate about so many things: technology, writing, arts, and healthcare. And putting emphasis on health since it is my chosen career – I have also been always passionate on how important it is for us to take good care of ourselves and others. That is why I took Bachelor of Science in Nursing as my degree in the university. I have always wanted to be in the medical field, apart from thinking that becoming one is the greatest achievement I can give back to my parents, but I felt that it is one of the best way to share myself to the society by being an instrument to care, and to heal. However, again, there are decision in life that we make that we are uncertain of – and along the road of my journey in my profession I arrived at this crossroad of should and must.
As writer Ella Luna said, that in life we always take a jump from both should and must. Should as being how others want us to show up in the world, and must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. At this crossroad, I realized that bed side care is not for me. Although, I think, I do well with bedside care, and I am glad to make others smile when I do my nursing care, but I honestly do not feel fulfilled as a person. I felt that there is something missing, something lacking with what I am really passionate about apart from healthcare. And all my life I have been thinking that the career or the job that I want will be very difficult to find since healthcare professionals are only seen in the hospitals, clinics, or communities.
Now the vision has become clearer because of this course. I have come to realize that your career should not define you, but your career should reflect you. This is when who we are, and what we do become one. As Mark Twain said that “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why”, and now taking a step at this crossroad, and putting my one foot forward to the road of must – although, scary and it seems to be quite difficult, but I feel that is is time to tighten the grip and focus, and continue walking.