I’m going to be a nurse

Watching your child receive poor care can be motivating. But you can take matters into your own hands ensure others receive better care.

When did you know you wanted to be a nurse? I was always fascinated with the medical field. Even in high school, I took classes related to emergency first response and medical assisting.

That fascination gained some momentum when I delivered my daughter early at 28 weeks after being in the hospital on complete bed rest for just over four weeks. My daughter, naturally, was rushed to the NICU and it was while my daughter was there that I found determination to become a nurse.

My daughter was not receiving very good care and despite her being my 6th child, I spent every hour of every night  in the NICU with her. I’d then go home and care for my other children until my husband returned home from work each night.

One night while in the NICU I witnessed horrific things while my daughter and many other tiny babies were poorly cared for. I finally called a nurse out on it.

I said, “You have changed numerous dirty diapers and fed babies and not once stopped to wash your hands or change gloves or anything.”

She asked me if I was an RN. I, of course, answered no.

She told me quite rudely, “Then don’t tell me how to do my job, you have no idea how stressful this job is.”

I stood up looked her in the face and said, “You’re right I don’t. But I am going to go to nursing school so patients don’t have to be cared for by nurses like you.”

Needless to say she kicked me out of the NICU.

That was in May 1996. I started my core classes seven months later. I earned my ADN in May 2003 and my BSN in Feb. 2011.

I currently work as a travel RN with my specialty in LDRP/newborn nursery and am currently working toward becoming a lactation consultant.

I love every minute of my job caring for mothers and the miracle of life. My only regret is that I didn’t become an RN sooner.

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