U.S. Navy Veteran and BSN Program Student at MCCN
What inspired you to become a nurse?
My mother had previously spent her entire professional career in healthcare, where health disparities were evident. Growing up with her as a role model and seeing her passion for the field, I knew healthcare was where my heart belonged. After finishing my career with the United States Navy, I began a professional career in Addiction Medicine, where I could fully immerse myself into my healthcare journey, which led me to step into the hospital system, ultimately leading me on a trip to where I am now.
What is the best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing?
Mount Carmel has some of the most compassionate faculty I have ever encountered. They cultivate an environment that promotes the growth of students, all while providing every student with the ability to seek supplemental educational experiences. I recently finished NURS 3635 Operating Room Nursing, where I was extended the opportunity to observe in the Operating Room because Professors Ingram and Hann pushed for that personal opportunity.
What are your goals for your nursing career?
My overall goal is to stay within the world of Pediatrics, as I am currently an employee of Nationwide Children's Hospital in the Emergency Department. Whether I stay in that department or pursue a career within the Operating Room is still debatable. Overall, Pediatrics has my heart and is my passion.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do not ever give up, keep your head up, and remember you are not the first individual to endure nursing school, and you will not be the last. You have dreamed of being a nurse since you were young. Remember that little boy sitting in your mom's office who dreamed of being where you are today as you embark on your senior year and future nursing career.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?
Nursing is a two-sided coin that will push you harder than anything, and will give you the highest highs, accompanied by the lowest lows. My advice for anyone considering a career in nursing is to maintain sight of your sense of humanity and compassion.