Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student
What inspired you to become a nurse?
What inspired me to be a nurse did not immediately come to me. Nursing was never something I imagined doing. After achieving my first degree in Sports and Exercise Science, I just started my job as a multi-skilled technician at Mount Carmel Grove City. After working through COVID-19, I knew this was what I wanted. I wanted to help people when they are at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. I wanted to be that person that advocates for my patients.
What is the best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing?
The best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing is how they care for the students! They are always willing to go above and beyond to ensure the students are successful. I also love how the size of the classroom is student focused. Professors know you by name, and you’re not "another student." Mount Carmel has a new class that is focused on the Operating Room. It allows students to see what another side of nursing looks like. It is led by two outstanding professors who want nothing but success and will push you to be the best person you can be.
What are your goals for your nursing career?
My goal for my nursing career would be to work inside the Operating Room. This goes back to being my patient’s advocate. Once your patient is asleep for surgery, they don’t have a voice to speak up for themselves. You, as an OR nurse, are that patient’s voice. Once I get the experience I need inside the OR, I want to go and become a Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA).
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell myself to fail forward. Meaning, in life we all will fail multiple times. Do not let that failure decide your fate. Please take it as a learning opportunity and keep pushing forward. I would also tell my younger self to enjoy life. Life goes by way too fast to worry about who did what and when. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something, not even yourself. I would say to myself to look to the Lord when facing troubles in life and always pray every day.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?
Go for it! Don’t think twice about it. You can do many things as a nurse, and you do not have to be a bedside nurse starting out. In nursing school, it is something you don’t learn in one day. You are learning every day and will continue to learn even after graduation.