BSN Program Graduate at MCCN
What inspired you to become a nurse?
I’ve always loved helping and taking care of people. I knew I wanted a job that would make a difference in someone's life. Being a nurse brings great responsibilities, but it also will provide me with great rewards and personal fulfillment.
What is the best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing?
When searching for a college, I knew I wanted a nursing-specific school, which was Mount Carmel. It offers small lectures and clinical sizes, teachers that have been in your very shoes, other students that are in the same boat as you, and an opportunity to be in the hospital sophomore year. After attending Mount Carmel, I learned that it is a very supportive environment. The teachers are your biggest cheerleaders and always want to see you succeed. It is a very good school to teach you how to be the best nurse you can.
What are your goals for your nursing career?
I plan to start my career as a nurse in the NICU. I want to spend time there learning how to be the best nurse I can. I hope eventually to go back to school to get my master's degree and finish off with my doctorate in education. I want to then end my career as a nurse teaching nursing students just like me.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would say my biggest advice would be to work hard and never give up, even if you think it is too hard and you can’t do it. Your hard work will pay off and the view at the top of mountain will be worth it. You can do and be whatever you put your mind to. Lastly, always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?
Nursing is a career that has both highs and lows, and no day will be the same. You are a continual learner and be patient with yourself because it does take time. Never consider yourself as just a nurse, you are so much more. It is very rewarding and highly worth it.