This poem was penned by student children’s nurse Shauna Gracey. It was her application to volunteer on the Destination Florida trip. Destination Florida is a charity that takes children with chronic or terminal illness to Orlando Florida for the trip of a lifetime. Here at Salford University we are very proud to say that for many years now we have had student nurses volunteer their time & energy on this trip. Lots of students apply to volunteer, but not all get chosen. I think you’ll agree that the creativity and passion in this winning application shines through 🙂
A dream is a wish your heart makes,
Destination Florida is what it takes,
for magic, sunshine and laughter in the sun,
for children and their famillies to have some fun!
A little about me, you should know, For Florida is the place I love to go!
A carer at heart, a student today, for me this opportunity is perfect I say.
Why do I want to go you ask? To help and care for others-such a worthy task!
To experience the trip that will change their lives, hopefully all round I shall be giving high fives!
I want to care for the children-their families too,
to learn about their conditions-to name but a few.
To take away the pain that illness’ can bring,
I’ll laugh and joke and even sing!
As a student its vital to remember the 6 C’s,
for this ensures that I am the bee’s knees!
Caring, courageous and competent today,
committed, compassionate & communication I say!
Hardworking, patient and a listener-that’s me!
a trier, a doer the best I can be.
Volunteer of the year for young people in the past,
a good reputation that appears to have last!
high achiever, believer that nursing’s the way,
to change children’s lives even just for one day.
To form therapeutic relationships to make a change
to work with children from a different age range!
A niece, a nephew the apple of my eye,
they’ve changed my life-I simply cannot lie!
the love and care I always show,
for me as a person they’ve helped me grow.
I hope to enlighten the lives of everyone on the trip,
to reduce the load that parents often grip,
to be a part of a team-there best there can be
I really hope you choose to pick me!
I understand the struggle that illness’ can bring,
the devastating effects-such a horrible thing.
I’ve worked on wards, the community too
my experience is expanding-it’s definitely grew!
In placement I’ve enjoyed the daily contact,
the anatomy & physiology-such an interesting fact!
It’s finally time to put my practice into place,
the daily conditions that I’ve had to face.
Not only a believer that being a nurse is the best,
for me academically I’ve passed the test,
A first in my grades I’ve achieved so far,
a standard I’ve set to raise the bar!
I hope to experience the life that children and families face,
such an honourable role and such a fast pace,
to hopefully make a difference and bring a smile,
to help these children id run a mile!
Raising money for children, I’ve done before,
the great north run in September-hard work galore!
Tommy’s charity I’ve fundraised for-a worthy cause,
for premature babies to open some doors!
For me a charity, close to my heart,
for I was premature which sets me apart!
2lb 4 and 27 weeks born,
for the parents I cherish they were torn!
Its paved the journey I am on today,
as I want to make a difference and am here to say,
ive worked so hard to be where I am,
the knowledge and work I’ve had to cram.
So please consider me, for the trip of a life,
to make a difference today for my age im still rife!
to choose me today, you won’t regret,
the journeys ahead, get ready, set!
I hope you take into account the hard work I have done,
to write a poem for me has been such great fun,
so Shauna Gracey- please consider me this time
as its been challenging and hard to make everything rhyme!