I spent most of my childhood in a hospital while my sister battled Leukemia. My father was also battling a tumor during that same time. Leukemia ultimately won the battle, after several relapses, taking my sister's life when she was 22. After that loss, I was dealt another as my father lost his battle with pancreatic cancer five years ago.
Their cancer battles are what ultimately led me to a career in nursing, to be part of the change. Through my life, I have witnessed some really great nurses and some not so great nurses. I have seen firsthand the effects chronic conditions have on families and patients. My goal is to become an oncology pediatric nurse. I feel that my passion, personal experience and desire for patient-centered care could really make a difference in the lives of sick children and their families.
I had decided to attend Hondros College of Nursing because I was able to start my journey right away with no wait list. I had put off my decision to go to college for too long; I wanted to start right away.
Nursing school is hard, but it is definitely worth it. If you keep your head in the books and your eyes on the prize, you will become a nurse. I had to make the tough decision to stop working full time in order to put my entire focus on school and reaching my goal. Time management is the key to success.
Kati Fenner is currently a student in the Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Fairborn Campus.