Roger Holmes

I was not sure if I wanted to become a nurse earlier in my life. It had crossed my mind, but I continued down other paths. The one thing I always knew though was that I wanted to be in a position to help others. I wanted to be the voice for those who did not have one and give them hope.

I spent much of my childhood living in a group home. Once I went to college, I wanted to find a career that could be a way to thank all of the people who helped me, and prove to others who doubted me wrong.

I spent several years working in law enforcement, and prior to that I worked with teens and young adults who were struggling with emotional and behavior problems. I wanted to use my experience as a child from the system to show these people that just because they have had struggles, does not mean they have to let society decide their future. My friend noticed the caring side of me and pushed me to find another way to help others. It pushed me to take a leap for my future. What I did not know was that it would be the biggest leap I had ever taken, but also the most rewarding.

That is when I decided to become a nurse. I chose Hondros because it was close to home, and after finishing the practical nursing program I could return to pursue my associate degree in nursing with the same professors. I think the best advice I could give anyone interested in becoming a nurse is do not be afraid, because you only fail at what you do not attempt. It will pay off down the road.