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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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How will your BS help you in your accelerated RN program?

I believe my BA will help me in my accelerated RN program because I majored in Biological Sciences. I believe a biology background is a good base for what I am about to learn.

What did you have to do to get into nursing school?

To get into nursing school, I had to complete prerequisites that Samuel Merritt College requires such as Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Microbiology. I have to complete all the prerequisites required before this summer as required by the school. Along with courses, I have to do the application process, take the Nurse Entrance Test and get letters of reference. For the ABSN, I had to have a Bachelor’s degree.

What sort of work (paid or volunteer) have you done that you believe will help you in your quest to become a nurse?

I interned for one year as a Clinical Care Extender at a hospital in Oxnard, California. It was a demanding program that allowed me to experience multiple areas of the hospital including med/surg, mother-infant units and labor and delivery. As a volunteer, I offered support to the nursing staff and did what was needed to make the patient’s stay a little more enjoyable. In order to get the most of the experience, one had to be proactive, assertive and not afraid to do things that ordinarily would be unpleasant. I also learned a lot about the nursing profession in the process. It was a wonderful experience that was fortunate to have.

Is there a nursing specialty you are interested in? If so, how did you become interested in this field?

Yes, the nursing specialty that I am interested in is Labor and Delivery. I became interested in this field also while interning at the hospital while in college. I love the intensity and excitement of delivery.

Do you have any advice for others who are considering nursing?

While preparing for nursing, especially for the program that I will be attending, it is important to be completely focused on the schooling. The ABSN program it not easy and it requires complete dedication. I will not be able to work. If one is interested in such a program it is important to make sure one is truly prepared and able to adjust. If one is not able to focus completely on school and not work then this is not the right program for them.


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    KiwaniaH

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 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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    almost 6 years ago

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

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    latoyadg

    almost 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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    almost 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

    almost 6 years ago

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    I agree riannaP this is very inspiring.

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    RiannaP

    almost 6 years ago

    48 comments

    How inspiring!

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