Why do you want to be a nurse?
My parents are both in the medical profession, and I knew for a long time that healthcare was the field for me - I just couldn't figure out in what capacity I wanted to work. After exploring medicine, social work, nutrition, and psychotherapy, I realized that nursing was the exact career I'd been seeking all along. It combines my fascination with the human body, my curiosity with the impact of social and environmental surroundings on one's health, and a truly healing, caring relationship between the nurse and patient that is founded on therapeutic communication and critical thinking.
Why did you choose Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing?
I was looking for a school that had really active faculty that were accessible to students. I wanted to be able to learn from my professors, and it seemed like a lot of other nursing schools had faculty that weren't as available for student mentoring. I was also interested in exploring a new part of the United States, as I've lived in the Pacific Northwest, California, and upstate New York. Emory, and Atlanta, met all of these criteria!
What area of nursing most interests you?
I'm interested in harm reduction, reproductive health access and critical care, though I'd also like to explore emergency nursing and inpatient oncology. I'm looking forward to how many clinical rotations Emory offers, and the potential for a wide range of experiences!
Tell us about your leadership experience.
I was the Primary Care Coordinator at my most recent clinic, as well as leading training for newly-hired medical assistants. I'm currently involved in the Emory chapter of Nursing Students for Choice, a national activism organization for nursing students that centers on reproductive health access. I'm also interested in serving as a mentor in my second year particularly for students who have come to the South for the first time!
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I'm extremely proud of the work I did in San Francisco, both with Planned Parenthood and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Needle Exchange program. In these instances I consistently made sure I was evaluating and gently challenging my own boundaries, biases, and prejudices surrounding the populations who sought our care, and it is this mindset that I believe helped me fully find my passion for nursing. I feel accomplished in having pushed myself in these ways, and in moving across the country and diving into an accelerated BSN I feel like I'm continuing that journey of self-growth.
How has this scholarship affected you?
This scholarship has played a fundamental part in my ability to attend nursing school. Having worked in community health for the past few years, my soul is full, but my bank account is not. This scholarship has been an extraordinary gift to enable me to pursue my nursing dream. I'm able to focus on my assignments and readings without needing to fill those hours with part-time jobs, and because I didn’t have to find a job to work many hours, I was able to accept a 5-hour-a-week position with a professor at a community clinic that is stimulating, engaging, and really fun! Not having to focus on the financial aspect of employment is a tremendous privilege, and it is a result of this scholarship.
What message would you like to share with your donor?
I wish there were words to express my thanks! I worked for 3 years, taking prerequisite courses and gaining clinical experience, in order to go to nursing school. To have been unable to accept admission at Emory due to financial limitations would have been crushing, and without this scholarship it was a possibility. Thank you for investing in this school, in this profession, and in me. Thank you for helping facilitate something to which I have already committed years of my life - and something I look forward to continuing for many more. THANK YOU for this scholarship. You very, very truly changed my life.
What are your future nursing career plans?
I chose to pursue the Accelerate BSN program because I'm interested in working as an RN, both inpatient and outpatient, for a few years. I envision myself returning to school at some point in order to become a Nurse Practitioner, but my goals for the near future include admission to a Nurse Residency program followed by continuing to gain RN experience until I feel called to change my role.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you for your unbelievable support. I promise I won't let you down!