Courtney Meo

I have been working in healthcare since the age of 14. My first job was in the dietary of a local nursing home. I have always had a passion for caring for people, especially the elderly and have wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember.

Growing up, I watched my mom start from working as a laundry aide in a nursing home to then becoming a STNA before graduating with her nursing degree. I would go to work with her, and I loved helping the residents and brightening their day. My mom is my inspiration. She is not only an amazing mother but also an amazing nurse. Nursing is work of the heart. The fact that I can make a difference in the lives of my patients and their families is enough for me to want to continue my education and provide compassionate, good-quality care.

I graduated from the Practical Nursing program at Hondros in 2017. I enjoyed the PN program, and I knew I could be successful if I attended Hondros to pursue my Associate Degree in Nursing, especially with the help of some of the wonderful instructors. I love the flexibility of the program; it allows me to work and still provide for my daughter.

If you are thinking about starting nursing school, know it can be done! It’s not easy, and it challenges every aspect of your life, but it is so worth it. Nursing school is a short-term commitment for long-term success if you put in the work.

As a single mother who goes to school and works, I have to remain organized and focused. I remind myself to allow for free time so I can enjoy time with my family and daughter. Having a healthy balance between school, work, and family is hard, but it must be done to be successful.