I wanted to not only be able to care for patients but to educate them so that they can be aware and active in their own treatment and recovery. I had been working as a CNA, x-ray tech, phlebotomist and a clinically certified medical assistant gathering experience and data on the different components of health care. Now, I am able to present that data to a doctor and participate in the overall treatment and goals of each patient.
I decided to attend Hondros College of Nursing because it was a smaller campus and offered the evening course schedule I needed. Another one of the main reasons is that my mother is a faculty member at HCN, Connie Champ.
The biggest piece of advice I can offer to those beginning their nursing education is to keep showing up. Just make the leap and enroll, keep showing up and participating until you are done. Make sure to go to class, go to clinicals and sign up for tutoring. It is very important that students cheer each other on. After all that hard work, be proud at graduation for all the success you have earned.
In order to be able to reach my own graduation celebration, I had to be extremely organized. I worked full time and have three children. Coffee, crock pot dinners and my planner were my main survival tools. The look of pride on my children’s faces was my reward for the sacrifices that were made.
Getting your foot in the door is one of the most important things a recent graduate can do. Anything from a aide to even a receptionist in the health care field will be beneficial. Showing that you have experience and knowledge in any aspect of the health care industry can give you an edge over others. The role of a nurse often includes varied tasks that are not always nursing specific. Lending a helping hand to others is always encouraged.
My mother, sister and great-grandmother are/were nurses. I have worked alongside many great nurses; my mother told me I would make a great nurse. It wasn’t until I enrolled in the program at HCN that I figured out why. I want to make a difference in others’ lives, and when you are a nurse, you will touch many lives.
HCN and the instructors helped prepare me to be the sort of nurse who makes a difference and changes lives.
Lynnette Taylor is a graduate of the Practical Nursing program at the Fairborn Campus. She currently works at Nationwide Childrens Hospital.