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In Her Own Words: A Nursing Student's Story

In Her Own Words: A Nursing Student's Story

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Erin Downing is a 23 year old University of California, Santa Barbara graduate who will begin an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in September 2008 at Samuel Merritt College. Before pursuing nursing school, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In this interview, she shares her experiences, in her own words, with NursingLink.

How did you decide to get into nursing?

I have always wanted to have a career in the medical field but I was never quite sure exactly what I wanted to do. While I was in college I interned at a hospital where I was guided along side hospital staff including nurses. My hands on experience at the hospital helped me to decide.

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Erin Downing - Future Nurse

How did you discover you had a talent for it?

I discovered I had a talent for nursing while volunteering along side the nursing staff but, I have always had a will to help people and I believe it is this quality that contributes greatly to possessing at talent for nursing.

What path did you take to get to Nursing School? Why did you decide to take that route (i.e. Why did you decide to get a BS before going to school to become an RN?)

The path I took to get into Nursing School was not the usual path. While in college for my undergrad, I studied biology. After receiving my BA in biology at UCSB, I decided that nursing was the best career for me. After doing some research, I found Samuel Merritt College’s ABSN program, which allows individuals with a bachelor’s degree to get their RN in one year. I decided to take this route because I figured it would be the most practical. I could finish nursing in a year and hopefully work sooner.


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    KiwaniaH

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Congradulations Erin! Your story is very inspiring for me, and it really makes me push myself even harder to achieve my goals of becoming a nurse. I am currently in an accelerated LPN program, upon graduation I will be enrolling in Indiana State Universities Online LPN-BSN Program. Things are diffucult at times since I work full-time and communte an hour from home-to-work-to-school, but since I can remember I have always wanted to be a nurse; I'm determined to stay on track and hopefully I will be a nurse soon.

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    zcrub85

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I would like to know whether his program of Daniel is online degree after his biology course since I am a grduate of BS chemistry already. Pls reply. Thank you . Cina

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    christmas31

    about 6 years ago

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    I think that is a great move for you since the desire to serve people is their and their is no greater reward than to help people in their time of need and know that you have some how impacted someone else's life. Keep striving to meet your inner passion. I am doing the same, striving to meet my inner passion as a RN- to specialize in the OR.

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    about 6 years ago

    Great story. Good luck Erin. Us "young" nurses are on the move. lol

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    latoyadg

    about 6 years ago

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    Hi Erin! Congratulations and i wish you the best... Your story caught my eye because we have a little in common. I attended the University of Southern Ms and achieved a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2008. I will begin nursing school in Aug 2008 (ADN-RN program). I originally wanted to be a nurse when i started college but i ended up changing my major after applying and not getting accepted into the program twice. I must admit I did get discouraged but i hung in there. I finally got accepted and hopefully in a year or two i will be a nurse. I commend you for not settling and continuing your education. Im sure you will do just fine in the accelerated program. Best wishes girl!

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    about 6 years ago

    erin downing, you go girl! you have my highest admiration for going through all this schooling to follow your calling. Erin is setting an awesome example for women to come to get education. I need someone educated to take care of me when it is my time. She is an inspiration.

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    mashell4

    about 6 years ago

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    I agree riannaP this is very inspiring.

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    RiannaP

    about 6 years ago

    48 comments

    How inspiring!

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