14 February Life in Discovery Despite her many obstacles and lack of proper credit for work done, Rosalind Franklin made many discoveries that directly influenced the health care profession in a positive way. In her 37 years of life, Franklin’s became most known for her work that led to the discovery of the structure of DNA – the familiar double helix that so many learn of today. Yet, through mishaps and improper record keeping, Franklin was ultimately ignored by her peers until after her passing. Despite this seemingly unfair course of events, Franklin continued to work and communicate with the very men who appeared to ignore her value.
Rosalind Franklin truly lived a Life in Discovery. that is to say that Franklin lived her life to the fullest, with the intent of shaping a better future for all, and with little concern for her personal needs or interests. Money and fame were not her motivation. rather, she is known today for her dedication and commitment to science and is clearly a role model for students, researchers, faculty and all aspiring scientists throughout the world (Rosalind Franklin University, 1). Essentially, Franklin worked solely to discovery new things and hoped her discoveries could make a positive impact on the world or lead to great advances in science.
I believe this is an important thought that should remain on the minds of all scientists, whichever field they choose to enter. Money appears to be an important motivation factor in much of today’s world. however, to live and work under the Life in Discovery philosophy would mean to work for a larger purpose than money alone. Living a Life in Discovery would entail the embodiment of those things that Rosalind Franklin is most known for today: dedication, hard work, intelligence and courage (Rosalind Franklin University 1).
Although this philosophy could be taken into consideration with any professional field, I believe this philosophy to be most important within the field of science. Science alone has the power to either create or destroy living matter. As a health care professional, my research, no matter how seemingly insignificant at the time, could lead to the discovery of a groundbreaking phenomenon. No amount of money or fame could equal the satisfaction a person feels knowing that his or her research brought about such a large medical advancement.
Additionally, the Life in Discovery philosophy embodies the ideal of sharing knowledge through education, communications, and shared research. This ideal allows for the open communications needed for any discovery to be truly grand. By embracing this philosophy, I am allowing myself not only to be motivated by furthering work in the healthcare professions through research but educating others by sharing what I learn through my discoveries.
Just as Franklin lived her life, the Life in Discovery philosophy entails finding a balance where inner strength, in concert with clinical care skills, makes a true difference in the health and well-being of those we serve. Where we give back to the community, nurturing those around us for the good of all (Rosalind Franklin University 1) Open communication and shared research will allow me to reach out and give back to the communities that I work for. and my work in the medical profession will ultimately lead to further discoveries and advancements.
Rosalind Franklin University. Life in Discovery. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. 2004. Retrieved December 8, 2007 from http://www.lifeindiscovery.com/lifeindiscovery/index.html