I am a proud, first generation college graduate; I started nursing school in my 30's. I strongly believe that it is never too late to follow a dream or to help another person achieve their dream. I graduated from Kent State University in May 2016. I am a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Akron Children's Hospital. I contribute obtaining my dream job to the experiences and dedication to service that I developed in my last 2 years of nursing school.
I have experienced tremendous personal growth and enjoyment from the nursing community. I wish to share this passion for nurse leadership and strive to encourage others to join the journey. I continue to serve and recruit others to support student and professional organizations. I believe it is important to not only bring the need for professional development to the attention of student nurses but also to inspire all student nurses, new graduates and seasoned nurses to seek out opportunities that will enhance their journey of leadership and personal growth.
I continue to look for opportunities that will allow me to share my passion with students and staff nurses. With each new experience, I feel more reassured that I have chosen the proper profession; I feel inspired by the prospects of new discoveries and I believe the benefits of helping others are endless. Therefore, I want to continue to help students reach their potential by offering the support and introducing the leadership skills they need to become the best student and the best registered nurse they can be.
I want to inspire nurses to develop their leadership abilities, enhance their career, and mentor student nurses. There are times we all need some guidance and I support mentor programs because these opportunities can benefit student nurses, staff nurses and facilities, which in turn positively affects our patients.
I continue to enjoy my adventure into nursing. I have only begun this chapter in nursing but I know I will come out the other end stronger and even more amazed. I am currently Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Xi Chapter. I believe that every student can benefit from the opportunity and experience that is afforded to members of such organizations. To list a few: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), Ohio Student Nurses Association (OhSNA) and Ohio Nurses Association (ONA).
Join me on my journey!