One RN’s Lesson, Gift, & Motivation! Inspiring Nurses are Among Us!

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13934712_10154976418465656_6689046466083462418_n-1“The Past is Your Lesson”

High school was a daunting experience for me. Having struggled, undiagnosed, with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), I was suffering in silence. I knew I was different. Authority “knew” I was “lazy” and “unmotivated”. The most vivid memory I have of high school was sitting across from my guidance counselor, sophomore year 16 years old, and her explaining to me, quite disdainfully, that I would never get into college with my grades and it would be best if I dropped out of high school and got a job. So I did.

Career

I began to feel stagnant, motivating me to obtain my GED and try college. I declared a medical assisting major (read why here). Then failed miserably, feeling precisely how I felt in high school; overwhelmed and unable to focus.

Next, I paved my way into an entry level call-center position at a huge credit card company. At an appointment, my doctor picked up on me fidgeting and it was determined after a series of tests and evaluations I have ADHD. I started treatment, went back to school, this time for business management, and I excelled.

At this point I had a passion for my job and learning. I made a respectable income and moved into management. In a short amount of time, I climbed the ranks, performing at the top 1% company wide for customer service in a difficult department (call escalations, AKA the screamers). At this high point, I evaluated my life. Business management was not for me. Impulsively, I chose nursing and I resigned.

“The Present is Your Gift”

These past few months have been a complete whirlwind.

  • Certified in ACLS, and ASLS from college
  • Graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing – May 7th, 2016
  • Received my ATT – June 2nd , 2016
  • NCLEX – June 19th , 2016
  • Licensed – June 27th , 2016
  • Interview for Med/Surg Fellowship – July 15th , 2016
  • Offered Job – July 27th , 2016
  • Start Fellowship – August 22nd , 2016

“The Future is Your Motivation”

My future aspirations? In a broad sense, to make an impact. My goals change often. I make a point to constantly make short and long-term goals periodically. It keeps me moving.

Goals

  1. Be placed in a Level 1 Trauma Unit on completion of Fellowship
  2. PALS and TNCC certification
  3. Earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  4. Constantly learn and teach others

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I plan on using Scrub-ed.com to launch a non-profit for nursing students to help students with:

  • Tutoring
  • Textbooks
  • Clinical Supplies
  • Scrubs
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One Response to One RN’s Lesson, Gift, & Motivation! Inspiring Nurses are Among Us!

  1. I love your idea for a nonprofit to support nursing students, Sam. In my mind it is an example of seasoned nurses supporting new nurses and those on their way. We are changing a status quo and you are exemplifying it. Thanks for sharing your story.

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