What I learned in Sociology 101?

I learned a great deal about where people come from and how taking sociology would help me a great deal in my nursing career. Sociology takes cultures as a group instead of looking at an individual. As the saying goes; “It takes a village to raise a child.” We are who we are not only from the way we were raised but also by the environment and culture in which we are surrounded by. The medical field deals a lot with ethics and there are so many ethical questions that have to be answered, having knowledge of different cultures perspectives will allow me to handle each patient with the utmost respect.

I have always loved learning what made people “tick” the way they do and I thought with all the courses I have taken with psychology that I had a really good grasp on it, sociology has opened my mind to understanding people more than I ever could have imagined. Nursing goes beyond just tending to a patients illness, it helps create a wider plan to ensure that patient illness and over all wellbeing is treated as well.

Learning about different cultures and the way the viewed the world has made me a better-rounded individual. I want to go in to hospice care the ability to take of someone until their final day is something I find to be a greatest honor. I want to make sure that they are at peace and that they are comfortable.

Because what I am choosing to do is something that most people would run from I had to understand what death meant to others and why most are afraid of it even though it is something that happens to us all.

Sociology has enlightened me on cultures perception of death and what it means to them. Sociological inquiry can illuminate and help make sense of the relationship between private troubles like illness, premature death, and lung cancer and public issues. Sociology is a value to nurses to enable them to question the values and beliefs of their professional and the organizational context in which they work. We need to understand the social forces which shape and constrain our lives in order to change them. Nurses are critically involved in making sense and giving purpose to life, illness and death. Sociology is engaged in the study of human societies. Sociologists are concerned with understanding society in a disciplined way Sociology confronts problems which are often subjects of major controversy in society, such as the relationship between social class and illness, the changing role of religion, the rising divorce rate and the changing nature of work.

Even access of care is a sociological issue since the wealthier you are, the better health care you receive and have access to. I may not always agree with someone’s opinion or the way they choose to handle certain situations but I am confident in my ability to set aside my personal beliefs and opinions for the greater good of a patient. I have also learned that it is okay for me to want to take a break from my other job as a full time mom and in no way shape or form should I have guilt about needing some “me time.” Just like with any job a mother should be allowed days off every now and then, maybe time off for good behaviour? Sometimes I wish the village would show up and help me raise them. Seriously though, I am glad that I was raised in a household that was culturally diverse and that my mom was always introducing us to something different. It is something that I am grateful for and also something that I have chosen to teach my children.

There is more to life than what they see and I want them to be culturally diverse as they can be. Sometimes I do find it hard to teach them something’s because of where we live and the lack of different cuisines from around the world, but when we do get to travel back home, we are always sure to go somewhere that different than a revolving door restaurant like TGIFriday’s. We travel when time and money allows it, and we have been to almost every corner of the United States and are sure to stop along the way to take in the local culture and history. How are we to truly know ourselves if we do not know where we come from. My oldest son likes Irish food and my youngest loves Lebanese. I want my children to take the world and embrace it, instead of condemning someone for their beliefs and values. I have taking things like parenting styles and found that I shouldn’t be just one style because kids do not always act the same and you should parent accordingly to each situation. Sociology is a class that I think should be a requirement for everyone to take.

Whether you are choosing a career that works with a general public or a career that has minimal dealing with the public, taking sociology ensures that you are prepared for whatever may come your way. I would like to take this time to thank you for making this class fun and keeping it interesting, even when there were times I thought you had lost your mind or forgotten to take your skittles! I have had fun exploring sociology and learning tools that I will carry and use throughout my life. Sociology was something I thought was not as interesting as psychology but turns out that having the knowledge of both will help me in my nursing career as well as parenting career.

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