Tumultuous Times Helped Me Find My Path to Nursing

Reflecting on my path to nursing is often difficult for me. My story is unique and unusual, but it is also why I celebrate my ambition and drive to do something impactful.

I remember what my life looked like the year before I decided to go to nursing school. My life was dysfunctional, chaotic, and I was not in a good place mentally or emotionally. I often felt hopeless, confused, and disappointed that my life was less than stellar.

I had dropped out of college, and I was not on the path that I started coming out of high school as an All-Star cheerleader and high performer. No, I wasn’t on drugs, nor was I a bad person. I was struggling with depression at that point in my life.

I was not prepared for the distractions that college gave to me. I lived a very strict life growing up, and it was hard to make good decisions because I was also a very curious person. I was introduced to different people, different ideals, different morals, and given the freedom to make my own choices.

I lost my discipline, my pride, and my sense of direction. I didn’t even recognize who I was when I looked in the mirror. It was as if I was an entirely different person. The year before I started nursing school, I was running away from who I was supposed to be, and I had no real answers as to how I became the person I saw staring back at me in the mirror.

My Answer Was in the Classifieds

When I was younger, I would read the newspaper with my grandparents. Then it just became a habit for me to read the classifieds each week and learn about new jobs. This was a habit that would prove to be very influential in my life.

One day, I ran across an ad for a certified nursing assistant program at the community hospital in the same town as the college I was attending. At that time, I had no steady income, and everything in my life was in jeopardy, so I jumped at the chance and decided to apply. I called the number in the ad and was told when to come to the human resources recruiting office to complete the application and take a math and reading assessment. I took this chance because by this point in time I had had so many jobs, that I was willing to learn how to do anything to survive. In high school, I was a cashier at KFC and McDonald’s, a summer camp counselor for the Department of Defense Youth Program, a youth mentor and tutor at the YMCA, and of course, a babysitter. I was confident that I would pass the assessment test, and of course I did.

The next step in my path to nursing, to my surprise, was a paid, 13-week training at a local health professional school with an opportunity for a full-time job at the hospital if I completed the training and …read more

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