I’ve wanted to care for people ever since I was little. By the age of four, I was determined to be a physician. By high school, I knew I wanted to specialize as a Cardiothoracic surgeon. Alas, life had other plans for me.
College was hard! I was living on my own with my boyfriend at the time, and working a full-time job while I went to school. On top of that, my grandfather, to whom I was very close, suddenly passed away from a massive heart attack. Later that same month, I found a lump in my breast & worried it was cancer. I let the stresses of adult life weigh me down, so I let go of my dreams of becoming a surgeon and dropped out of school.
For years I tried, unsuccessfully, to go back. I worked various jobs from parking cars at a casino to working as a bank teller. Yet, my heart was still drawn to medicine. In 2005, I decided to try and get my foot in the door to healthcare. I acquired my CNA license so I could work as a nurses aid, essentially staring at the ground-up.
As wonderful as it was to finally be helping people, I knew I wanted to do more. However, working full-time and attempting school wasn’t successful for me in the past, so it became a mountain too tough to climb. It wasn’t until the birth of my first child 2 years later that I knew I had to buckle down and get my degree, if not for me, for her.
Becoming a physician seemed out of the realm of possibilities at that juncture. Instead, I started looking into nursing. Of course, I’d worked with several nurses as a CNA, and what they did for both the physicians and their patients really peaked my interest. I knew that was what I was meant to do.
With the help of my then-boyfriend (now my husband) and his family, I cut back my hours at work, and went back to school. Nursing school was, by far, the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do in my life! It’s hours of reading & studying, a complete lack of sleep, little time for the family, and no social life for 2 whole years. You really have to want it, to make it happen!
For me, school took an additional year. Not only did I plan a wedding & get married but I also had another baby. Life tried to get in the way, but this time, I persevered! In May of 2012, at the age of 30, I graduated nursing school. It was one of the most proud days of my life.
I’ve never regretted not going to medical school to instead become a nurse. Knowing what I do now, I would have hated being a doctor. The long hours, being on call, and minimal time spent with patients would have made me miserable. As a nurse, I get to spend time with my patients, get to know them, and educate them about their health. You’re not afforded the time to do that as a doctor.
I just love being a nurse! I meet so many people of all ages from different backgrounds, religions, & beliefs. For a short period of time, we are thrust together in what may be one of the most difficult times in their life. I don’t just bring them their medicine and assess their health but I tend to their soul. Whether I’m holding their hand, or sharing a smile, or taking time for conversation, we connect with one another on a human level. I bring them love, compassion, and peace, if only for that brief moment. What other profession can say that?
To me, being a nurse is about serving others. Now I don’t mean like a waitress bringing you endless food and drinks or as a stewardess bringing you pillows and blankets. What I mean by “serving” is providing care to those in their time of need. Even if it’s changing the dressing of a surgical wound, administering IV antibiotics, or showing a new diabetic how to give himself insulin, I’m imparting assistance that individual cannot perform at the time for her/himself.
I have a passion for helping people. Whether it’s rocking a newborn baby to sleep, holding my patient’s hand as they take their last breath, or wiping away tears after the doctor has delivered devastating news, I am there. I may work long hours, my back and feet may ache after a long day, and I may be sleep deprived, but when a patient says “thank you for caring for me”, I know it’s all worth it.
My path to becoming a nurse may not have been straight and true. It was filled with many obstacles & road blocks. But it is my calling, what God put me on Earth to do, and I love it!
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