I went to school for medical assisting right out of high school. I worked in the medical field for four years, and I knew I wanted to do more. What finally gave me the motivation to pursue my dream was when my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I flew with her to Chicago for a treatment and saw firsthand how kind and caring the nurses were. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a nurse.
I began my journey in nursing at a community college. I felt like I was getting nowhere and as if I were just another number. I know several Hondros College of Nursing graduates so I called to schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor.
My advice to someone considering nursing would be to just do it! There is no better time than the present, and the end result will be so rewarding.
It won’t be an easy journey; you have to make time to study. Make sure to read all the assigned chapters and complete every homework assignment. It also helps to find a great group of friends and use those people as your support group. I am lucky that my sister is also a student at HCN and is in my support group. My goal is to graduate and become a hospice nurse.
Rachel Kronk (right) is a student in the Practical Nursing program at the Westerville campus, along with her sister, Rene Day (left).