We both persevered and persisted through the entire process. We trust each other to make crucial decisions and discoveries. When the quarantine is lifted and after I endure seven intense surgeries I will finally understand how much my mom and I’s relationship has deepened. She took time to stay with me and even encouraged me to walk when I felt like a simple step was impossible. She pushed to have the best care and doctors possible.
She presented her career as emotionally fulfilling and gratifying. It was at that moment, listening to her on that first day, that I knew nursing was what I was called to do. Even as I shadowed nurses during my senior year of high school, I felt a belonging in my spirit. I observed these nurses show such compassion and solace to the people they continuously encountered. As I ended my senior year, I asserted that I would become a nurse.
I really want to be this because my mother is a nurse. She comes home everyday and tells me how much she enjoys her job. Therefore, that convinced me to become a nurse when I am older. To begin, I choose to be a nurse because I love working with infants. I am very good with infants and I know how to treat them when I am with them.
In her 16 years at CUMC, she has moved up the ladder and began teaching residents at the hospital. Her leading by example has been crucial in her rise to success. She has recently become a professor and continues her leadership every day. Caron has become an advocate for the less fortunate in her years at the hospital. Dr. Gray also works at One World Community Health Center.
I learned a lot from those nurses but could not decide which unit was meant for me. Nevertheless, I applied to the University of Texas at Arlington’s nursing program and was accepted in Fall 2014. That opened the doors to countless opportunities for me to find my spark. Through my lectures and clinical rotations, I was taught that being a nurse meant ensuring the safety of every patient and working arduously to maintain their quality of life. With that principle in mind, I practiced my skill as a nursing student on every unit that I was assigned to.
“I love helping others, making people feel good in anyway makes my day brighter.” That’s a statement I have heard my mother, Patricia, say plenty of times. Patricia is a very patient, caring, and loving woman. She has and will put everyone else’s needs before her own. There are not many days when she does not have a smile on her face no matter what is going on. She will tell you in a minute, “Be grateful for what you have even the small things, smile about what you have and do not worry about the rest.” Standing at five feet five inches and 163 pounds, she is not a very big woman but her joyous giving spirit is huge.
I first acknowledged the importance of healthcare and my desire to study nursing years ago when I started working at a medical clinic. Although I spent most of my time filing patients’ notes and other documents, I learned a lot by listening. This simple act had a complementary effect that enhanced my strategic-thinking skills and my ability to communicate. By working alongside nurses and practitioners, I discovered that with these acquired listening skills and the appropriate medical training, I could be a successful nurse. As time passed, my yearning to assist patients heightened.
He has been my doctor for as long as I can remember, due to my mother being his nurse. I have never seen a doctor who is so compassionate towards his patients, and who conditionally cares about them. And for that reason, he has really inspired me. I have always enjoyed going to the clinic for my annual exams, because I knew I would see my friend. In and out of the clinic, he would come and support me, whether it is in my studies, my sporting events, or fulfilling my dreams.
There were days, especially in mental health, when all a patient needed was someone to care about them and to be a little nice to them. Someone to see them for more than whatever their diagnosis was. My patients were never just a “diagnosis”. They were all individual human beings. I have always had a kind and compassionate approach with every patient I have ever taken care of while still maintaining my professional role as a certified nursing assistant.
She was a very religious woman, and taught me how to pray from a very young age. Even though my grandma was always in pain, she never lost her faith in God. Sometimes she would be in so much pain that she would ask God to take her away, so that she would be pain free, and able to walk again. My grandmother had so much strength and wisdom, it was amazing. She raised seven kids and she was able to overcome many obstacles in her lifetime.