CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXAS: Developed into a Christian leader with a RN title

Source: Concordia University Texas
Source: Concordia University Texas

Concordia University Texas issued the following announcement on April 20.

Being in the health care field has taught me several key factors, but one thing that has stuck out is to always reach for more opportunities for growth in my career as a registered nurse. Dressing up as a nurse during elementary school was my finest childhood memory. As a little girl, my dream was to be working somewhere in the hospital saving lives. After I reached my own goals of being the first person in my family to graduate high school, I knew that college was a possibility. I knew I would have to learn how to reach that step one if I wanted to continue pursuing my dreams. I received an acceptance letter to a college located in Michigan, where I started and quickly met my husband who was then on active duty in the Army. We swiftly fell in love and I put my own dreams and vision on hold, while I supported his military career and stayed home to raise our three kids. Once he was back from deployments, I knew it was my time to race to the finish line to become a nurse.

I was accepted and graduated from Concordia University Texas with bachelor degree in nursing. This was the place for me. I met incredible leaders, teachers and most impoartnatly lifelong friends. This is a place where instructors truly care about your educational and personal success. During my last semester of my BSN program, I applied for the master’s degree program. I was accepted to advance my visions of my professional career goals. Never would I have dreamed of being this far in life in the little amount of time living here in Texas.

After acceptance into the MSN program, I had to quickly pray and pick a track of leadership, informatics or education. My pick, education. I believe that every nursing educator is a leader and I wanted to pick something that gave me the ability to give back what I received in nursing school, great leadership in the educational role! 14 months later, I now can sit in a classroom cheering the next round of nursing students to success. How lucky am I?

I have learned an incredible amount in just 14 months about myself, the program, classmates and professors. I was able to create and be apart of a new implementation right in my own work place. Grow as a nurse and most important, a leader. I stepped out of my comfort zone being in small groups, cramming the last minute on projects and praying for God's mercy to help me through all of this. Emailing, texting and calling professors when I needed their help and getting a response in a timely manner with God's love and grace in the mix. Times were I wanted to give up, cry and run away from the program, I was reminded daily that this is where I was suppose to be. I have learned so much about myself during these 14 months and not giving up was one of them.

While working full time as a labor and delivery nurse on high risk maternity unit, the MSN program made me want to be more involved with patient care. Now that the program is ending, I started researching the idea of being a family nurse practitioner and know that is exactly the next step in my career. I enjoy learning and absorbing as much information as I can, and continuing my education will do exactly that. As Steve Harvey once said, “A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction. You have to get that through your head. That it is not easy becoming successful."

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