My mom has always been the kind of woman who goes out of her way for others. She is the quintessential “carer” in life, always wanting to be wanted and needed – especially by her kids. It is one of her standout features. One of her other standout features is that she is kind of obsessed with watching medical shows. Growing up, we could have been eating a delicious meal, and she would be digging in while watching brutal looking surgeries on the Discovery channel. While it put the rest of us off our food, it didn’t faze her at all.When she got a job at a local nursing home as a CNA, it was no big surprise. Her kind disposition, her strong desire to help people and her grace under pressure made her an ideal candidate for the program. She had no problem acing the curriculum and passed her certification tests with no trouble at all. But, of course, a woman with a burning desire to always do MORE would never be satisfied simply working as a nursing assistant.So it came as no shock when she decided to become a nurse. I think the death of her mother in the same nursing home she was working at was a big driving force in her focusing on her nursing career later in life. She was fifty years old, but she figured out her calling. With an inheritance from her late mother, she went back to school and got her LPN qualification, and for the last seven years, she has made a living by taking care of people. I think if time and money weren’t an issue, she’d love to go forward and study until she was a full on doctor or surgeon! And she’d be great at it because that’s the kind of woman she is.
She’s always had the personality that works for a nursing career. But the skills and knowledge are something she takes pride in keeping current so that she can stay on top of the latest healing techniques for her patients. I’ve urged her many times to go back to school and get an advanced nursing degree, and I think it’s something she would love to do.
These days it is so easy to fit your education into your everyday life. Online courses like the ones at Kaplan University could allow her to get qualifications from an Associate’s Degree to a Master of Science in Nursing or even a Doctorate of Nursing Practice if she wanted to take it that far. The sky really is the limit. It is really easier than ever to further her career in any direction she so chooses.
One thing is for sure, my mom is my hero, and her journey through nursing has inspired me more than anything else in this life. It doesn’t matter your age or your prior history – in this day and age, a good University curriculum and a positive attitude about working hard are all you need to reach the career heights you have always wanted.
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