Second Degree Accelerated Program Student
What inspired you to become a nurse?
My previous degree served me well for the start of my career, but I constantly felt I was trying to bend and mold to fit in a place I didn’t belong. I wasn't sure what the future held for me, but I knew there was something more out there. After delivering my daughter at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I simply couldn’t ignore the nudges I felt to pursue a career holding people in their most vulnerable moments, the same way my nurses had held me. Nursing isn't choice--rather a calling--and I can say that with confidence as I felt the calling and followed it. I’ve never felt so right about anything.
What is the best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing?
I didn’t know what to expect from a smaller school, especially in comparison to Ohio State, but I’m so glad I chose Mount Carmel. It is such a relief to always have a familiar face around, whether it’s a classmate, instructor or other staff member. Our professors are truly supportive and go the extra mile to make themselves available to their students. Mount Carmel has wonderful clinical opportunities and plenty of resources to support student well-being.
What are your goals for your nursing career?
Before starting school, I was certain I wanted to be a Nurse-Midwife. I still feel incredibly passionate about supporting women in their journey to and through motherhood, but lately I’ve felt pulled towards psychiatric nursing. Either way, I am fairly confident a BSN isn't the end of the line for me. Regardless of where I end up, my goal is simply to be impactful. I feel this entire opportunity is a gift I’ve been given, and I want to use it as best I can. I don’t think I’m here by coincidence, and I know I’ll be led exactly where I belong. Besides, the options are limitless!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell myself that anything is possible if you try hard and truly believe. I wish I had known that with a little grit and a whole lot of faith, you can do anything. You won’t always get it right, so laugh and cry and curse and pray but never ever quit believing it’s possible.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?
Nursing school was a step out in faith for me. I left behind what many would have considered a comfortable life to chase a dream that felt bigger than myself. Faith is like a freefall sometimes, but if you don’t jump, you’ll never know how it feels to soar. I can’t think of many careers that are more meaningful than nursing, so if you’re feeling that nudge, my advice is to just jump. Leave behind the comfort of the known for the opportunity that lies in the unknown. Stay focused on the goal, work hard, listen to your gut, and have faith that you will land exactly where you’re supposed to be.