I wanted to give back and be a part of our VA medical community after I was medically retired from active duty service back in 2013. I volunteered at the Jacksonville VA Center serving veterans with similar traumas. Serving veterans there actually served me. It was therapeutic for me to use my experiences to help others. I want to continue helping veterans by becoming a nurse.
I decided to go to Hondros College of Nursing because the staff worked with me. I had used up most of my GI Bill for training and bachelor’s degrees. Thankfully, the 12-month Practical Nursing program worked in my favor. Now, I am in my last term.
Fortunately, the military taught me the structure and discipline that I needed. I had to prioritize a lot of things in my life to make school work, but I did it. You can too. All you need is a little self-discipline and motivation. My advice would be to organize ahead of time as soon as you get your syllabus. That’s how I stay on track.
I am so excited to be finishing up the PN program. I plan to continue on with the Associate Degree in Nursing program as well. My friend recommended Hondros, and I am so glad she did.
Jessica George is a student in the Practical Nursing program at the Maumee Campus. She served in the Navy on the USS Roosevelt, DDG 80.