In my junior year of high school, I took a human physiology class as an elective and thought it was the coolest thing I had ever studied. I was fascinated by the information that we were learning about how bodies work, and immediately knew that I wanted a career in healthcare. I wanted to be a nurse so that I could combine the science I was learning with things like psychology and communication to take care of a whole person, rather than just a disease condition. It's also nice to know that I'll always have a job! There are so many career options, I can go anywhere I choose and work in so many different settings.
Nursing school at URI has been an incredible experience. The nursing curriculum is definitely challenging but the effort pays off. I've had the opportunity to help many of our freshmen student nurses as a supplemental instructor for human anatomy. Nursing isn't easy, but if you work hard and always give 100 percent, everything works out. It takes time management skills, hard work, and a lot of compassion to do well. Student nurses are definitely a close group. We help each other in class and clinical, and we make sure that we have time to do fun things too!
Nursing challenges me physically, emotionally, and mentally. It keeps me on my toes, and I love that. I learn new things every single day and no two cases or experiences are ever the same. My friends, professors, and patients teach me not only how to be a better nurse, but also a better person.