I originally wanted to be a journalist, but after taking about 50 of those professional aptitude surveys they give you in high school, they all said I should go into a field like social work where I could help people. In high school I did an externship with a recreational therapist at a nursing home and thought it was really interesting. I got to see how therapists helped patients on so many different levels. So I did some research into nursing and realized that I had a knack for the medical field, so I thought I’d give it a try. Since ECU has one of the best nursing programs in the state, I decided to aim big and apply here. Here I am now.
Is the College of Nursing as demanding as it seems?
It’s a tough program, but that’s what great programs are supposed to be. I’m busting my tail everyday. I get up before dawn so I can study before my 12-hour clinical rotations. Then I have class. Then I come home and study some more. In high school I was a straight-A student, but when I got accepted into nursing school people told me that I was going to make Cs and that I’d better get used to it. Well, I didn’t care what anyone said, I was not going to let myself make Cs. Last semester I made two As and three Bs and I worked my tail off for the Bs.
It can be emotionally demanding as well. Sometimes I have bad days. We are around real people with real medical problems and it can take a toll. But it also helps me to appreciate how fortunate I am to be here.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to earn my master’s degree in wound and ostomy care and become a clinical nurse specialist. I helped care for a patient at the hospital who had a very complicated wound, and a wound and ostomy care clinical nurse specialist came in to make sure it was healing properly. Her job was to float around the hospital and care for all the patients with wounds. I think wound care is fascinating. It’s always changing, and I love to constantly learn, so I think that is what initially drew me to it.