I have wanted to be an RN since I was twenty years old, and I’m so excited to finally be in a position to pursue my dream! I want to be a nurse because I love working in fast-paced environments, I handle pressure well and because I want to work in a noble, helping career.
I could do any number of things as a nurse. I am a single mom with grown children so I have no commitments at home; therefore, I could work in an underserved rural or urban hospital. I could work in community health. I could even work for a Doctors Without Borders-type organization!
I feel strongly about my obligation to use my time and efforts to improve the world. I survived a childhood that was full of violence, poverty and general unhappiness, because my mother was a drug addict and my father couldn’t or wouldn’t leave her. Having made it out of that situation, I wanted to work in a profession that would allow me to make a difference. I earned an English degree and teacher certification in 2010, because I remembered teachers who were kind and supportive with me and I wanted to be the same influence in the lives of students. However, after two years of teaching I discovered that I am not scary enough to control a roomful of hormonal teenagers! Despite my best efforts, classroom management escaped me.
Nursing is perfect for me and I cannot wait to start!