Volunteering at the nursing homes in and near my community helped me realize that I enjoy geriatrics. The elderly can be entertaining and are often great mentors when it comes to life experiences. Volunteering helped me learn how to assist my great grandmother in her home. After she passed away due to malpractice, it left me depressed and angry with the world. My family trusted her nurse to care for her when we were absent. I didn’t understand how a human being can be so cruel and careless simultaneously to a defenseless person or any person for that matter.
After overcoming this tragedy, I turned to my education. School was my therapeutic outlet. I was able to focus on my work and do well. After completing my nurse assisting class while in high school, I realized I wanted to do more than “assist”. I wanted to be the nurse and someday, doctor. I loved caring for people and it felt amazing to give back to others. I didn’t want others to lose a loved one due to the carelessness of another.
After graduation, I enrolled in Lincoln University to pursue nursing and administration. I want to be the change in the medical field and ensure that people are taken better care of. Malpractice is evident in numerous facilities, and I refuse to allow any more people die or suffer from this epidemic.