Ever since I could remember, I knew I wanted a career where I helped people feel better. Growing up in a house with many women, you learn quickly about sympathy, empathy, and compassion. My father was in a house fire where he received stage 4 burns on his feet. The nurse that came to the house to care for him was incredible. I was able to witness his transformation from near amputee to healed. It was like magic watching the care she provided. From then on, I knew I was going to be a nurse.
After graduating high school in 2000, I did not have the encouragement or support to pursue my goal as a nurse. I was told that nursing was a women’s job, and I needed a job in the factory. After working in the factory for a total of 18 years, it was time for me to stop caring about what others thought. I felt it was time to live my life the way I wanted. With the help of my fiancé, I was finally able to go after my dreams to become a nurse.
I chose Hondros College of Nursing because my cousin, Lashawndra Williams, received both her LPN and RN education from Hondros, and she had nothing but great things to say about the staff and instructors. She even built lifelong bonds with many of her classmates. I reached out to the college and was put in contact with Cyron Bell, a Senior Admissions Representative. This admissions representative provided encouragement, motivation, and assistance with study resources to help me pass the entrance exam. Without her positive reinforcement, I don't know if I would have chosen Hondros as my college of choice. She was the icing on the cake.
To those considering nursing, make sure this is what you want to do. Don't come into nursing for the pay, as the pay is only a perk. Ask yourself, do you have good time management? Are you caring enough to do this job? To be a great nurse, you must be more than book smart. You need to have empathy, compassion, patience, and a big heart. You must love helping people, and that is not something a nursing school can teach you. You also need a great support system, great time management, and the willingness to make sacrifices in your social life. You must be okay with saying no. Make sure you keep your mind on all the reasons you started nursing school and know it will be worth it in the end. Do not let anyone or anything get in the way of achieving your goals.
Christopher Heard is a student in the Practical Nursing program at our Maumee campus.