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.
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.
- Be placed in a Level 1 Trauma Unit on completion of Fellowship
- PALS and TNCC certification
- Earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Constantly learn and teach others
I plan on using Scrub-ed.com to launch a non-profit for nursing students to help students with:
- Clinical Supplies