I wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember, but I would always talk myself out of it. The final event that pushed me into making my dreams come true was when I was pregnant with my son. I decided at eight months pregnant I would never have my two children watch me say “what if” or “I wish I would have” in regard to my career. I wanted to raise them to know that it is never too late to be who you want to be! So, when he was just four weeks old, I took my STNA course, got hired as an aide and enrolled in nursing school.
Hondros was the first nursing school I visited, and after just a few minutes in the building, I knew this was where I would attend. The front desk and admissions staff were so welcoming and made me feel like family. They cheered me on as I excelled at my entrance exam and encouraged me from day one. You’re not just a number at Hondros, and I think that’s amazing. I love being a part of the family here.
My advice to other nursing students is to use your resources, such as professors and tutors. They are always willing to help explain concepts as many times and as many different ways as it takes to understand. Also, stay dedicated and prioritize your life. Nursing school is hard, and there will be meltdowns or times you think you can’t do this, but you can! I haven’t looked back once. It was the best decision of my life.
Suzannah Dunham is in the Practical Nursing program at the Fairborn campus. She works as an Elder Assistant (STNA) at Otterbein Senior Life.