Joy Otarus

Before going into nursing, I earned a degree in engineering and worked for almost 18 years as an engineer. That was my career, but everything changed for me when my last baby was born prematurely at 26 weeks gestation.

My baby stayed in the hospital for about 108 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. The nurses in the NICU treated my family and I so well. They helped me in my time of need and treated me respectfully. This experience made me want to become a nurse to give back to society and my community.

I began my nursing education at Hondros College of Nursing in the Practical Nursing program. I decided to attend Hondros because they have start dates every quarter. I really loved the PN program, so I decided to continue with the Associate Degree in Nursing program.

Nursing is a very rewarding career. If you are thinking about nursing school, go for it. Caring for and meeting people's needs brings fulfillment to my life. My advice if you start nursing school is to be organized, stay focused, and be dedicated. It is important to have a positive attitude and tell yourself “I can do it."