I wanted to become a nurse partly because it runs in my family. Every generation has a nursing degree. My grandmother has been a nurse for over 30 years, and she highly encouraged me to go to school for nursing. She took me under her wing to do so.
I decided to attend Hondros College of Nursing because the schedule options worked with my busy schedule. The staff made me feel welcomed immediately. They treat me like family. The faculty is very flexible with your schedule and understands when family problems come up.
When I was pregnant during my first term, the staff always checked in with me. That made me love them even more. My peers would carry my bags for me and assist me when I was in pain. Everyone encouraged me to come to class when I thought I physically could not do it. The instructors were always looking out for me too.
My baby was due the Monday of my first final. I knew I wanted to finish finals before having my baby. Luckily, I was able to take my exams before going into labor right after my last final. It was amazing.
Throughout all my terms, I have had to learn how to manage my time wisely as well as study for exams. You have to study hard and do what the instructors say. You have to pay attention in class. Also, listen to other people’s stories. I believe I learned even more knowledge that I can use in the future.
Tiona Good-McCoy is a fourth-term student in the Practical Nursing program at the Independence campus. She is currently working as an STNA at Candlewood Healthcare.