I never dreamed about becoming a nurse. The truth is I never really gave much thought to what I wanted for my life. I loved being an athlete and my studies in Exercise Health Science was fascinating, but the field was so broad. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do within it.
While earning my degree at UMASS Boston I interned at a hospital. It was there that I saw people whose jobs improved the lives of others. Doctors and nurses worked diligently for their patients. I felt the most drawn to nurses and their combination of competent efficiency and heartfelt compassion. I realized that nursing was the career I hadn’t even known I wanted.
After graduation I started to work as a Nursing Assistant at Doylestown Hospital and a pulmonary doctor’s office. This experience only further convinced me that nursing was the correct path. I enrolled in Gwynedd Mercy University’s Associates Degree in Nursing program. The work was rigorous and intensive, yet incredibly rewarding. I graduated in May 2014 and passed my boards on my first try on July 1, 2014.
I’m so happy that I have found nursing. I know that it is what I was meant to do. The work I have done so far has been difficult, and I know the work ahead of me will be as well. Anything worth fighting for always is. I believe I was meant to be a nurse. Nursing isn’t just a career choice, it’s a calling, and I’m so grateful to have found it. Earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree is the next step of my journey.