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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student

What inspired you to become a nurse?

Becoming a nurse was never a career path I wanted when I was growing up. I originally wanted to become a cinematographer and attend film school. It wasn't until my junior year of high school my aunt suffered a stroke in her sleep. I found her and was struggling to try to do CPR. It bothered me not being able to do more to help her. I remember when we finally made it to the hospital, there was a nurse who was able to comfort my family, especially my mother. She was able to put my mom's mind at ease and ensure that she would give my aunty her all. I regret not getting her name because she was the person who inspired me to become a nurse. I hope to one day return the favor and give my all to patients and their families as well.

What is the best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing?

MCCN does a great job of making you feel welcome. At first, I was hesitant, but the teachers and faculty do a great job making sure you feel comfortable and get the necessary help to succeed in your studies. From the classroom to labs to clinical, if I need help, I know I have multiple options to seek support and guidance. Also, every student I’ve met so far is amazing! From the freshman to senior levels, there are a lot of like-minded students who have the sole goal of becoming a better person and promoting positive change for the future—students who put in the time and effort all for the benefits of their future patients! I think that's what makes MCCN great!

What are your goals for your nursing career?

As of right now, I am undecided about my specialty, but because of the OR course at the college, I do feel myself falling for everything that has to do with the OR. All I know is I want to be a good nurse—a nurse that my colleagues can trust, a nurse that can make a positive change in his patients’ lives and those of their families.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to keep going no matter what! You don’t have to put on a front to just make it through. You can be vulnerable and still maintain your masculinity. It’s cool to smile and be kind; doing so doesn’t make you weak. I would also try to explain to my younger self the importance of being able to let things go. Oftentimes growing up I would let 5 bad minutes ruin my whole day! That should never be the case. Every day you wake up is a good day!!! You have another day to better yourself and those around you!

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?

Do it! Why not? If you had told me in junior year of high school this would be my career path, I would’ve laughed you out of the room. I’m happy I took that chance to see what I could do. If you’re interested or thinking about it, do it! I’ve talked to multiple people outside of the profession who are interested. One thing I always tell them is no matter what you choose to do; time waits for no one. No matter what, you will be 4-5 years older. Why not join a field that will reward you and those around you tenfold? Is it a challenging journey? Yes, but it’s one I know is worth it!

Why Choose Us

30

average class size

100%

of graduates employed within 12 months (2021 grads)

120

years of educating nurses