Posted on January 2, 2013
I’ve been in nursing since 1965 when I started as a candy striper, then became a CNA.
I had a high school advisor who said I would never be a nurse.
Fortunately for me, there was a program and I went to a vocational tech school for my LPN and graduated at age 18 in 1967!
I spent over 18 years working in various positions such as med surg, medical floor, nursing homes, home health and others when they tried to eliminate LPNs in the early 80s (A big mistake).
I then went to a community college in Frederick, MD and got my AA degree and passed my RN boards.
I worked full time and went to school full time while raising a daughter alone.
She was a huge help maintaining our home, doing the grocery shopping and all those other daily tasks that take so much time.
While going to school I worked in a drug and alcohol treatment center detoxing, and teaching patients how to get sober.
I am proud to say I managed to get through school with Pell grant money, 2 scholarships, money for single women through the college and my own resources.