Meet One of Our Writers: Sara

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I’m a 29 year old nurse that lives and breathes nursing. Truly guys, my whole life revolves around nursing! I could go on about my personal life and talk about my love for a certain pop star that will never know me or I could just talk to you guys about what you’re really here for....nursing. Shout out to Justin Timberlake if you’re reading this...I’ve loved you since your Ramen-noodle-hair days!

Okay, back to nursing, I started out as a volunteer in 2008 at Covenant Hospice. That was such an eye opening experience! At 18 years old, I had a firsthand experience of what true empathy looked like. These nurses were angels and I wanted to do everything I could to learn from them so one day I could be there for someone in need. I already knew deep down that nursing was in my blood. My grandma is a nurse and I knew I would do everything in my power to be just like her. This validation lit a fire in me and from that point forward I knew I wasn’t going to let anything stop me until I became an RN.

Fast forward to 2012: I started as a Patient Care Technician (this was not a licensed or certified position at the facility I started with) while in nursing school at a small community hospital aka: My First Love. I was incredibly fortunate and blessed to have a manager that provided a nurturing learning environment. From there I continued on as an RN pursuing my BSN and shortly after I went for my MSN. As I excelled in academia, my manager rooted for me to keep going! Her love and support meant more to me than I could attempt to put into words!

During that time, I decided to be part of the weekends program in an effort to stay organized with all the responsibilities that came with school...you know normal stuff:
  • Panic attacks
  • APA papers
  • Panic attacks
  • Tests
  • Coffee
  • More APA papers
  • Did I mention panic attacks?
To be fair, I had the best support around me. Everyone knew my stress level was high and their love and encouragement kept me going. This was not only from my friends and family, but also from the school of nursing! Let’s be honest, it takes a special place to really care about their students like that!

Since being on the weekend program, I trained for:
  • Charge Nurse. I have since become a full-time charge nurse
  • Preceptor
  • A member of the guiding coalition with our Chief Nursing Officer
  • Med-Surg Certification
Upon graduation, I transitioned into PRN House Supervisor where I was trained for inserting midline catheters, assumed responsibility for making the PCT and UC schedules, became a sepsis instructor and currently I’m part of the quality council. It was a busy 2 years in grad school, somewhere in there I even got married!

Poor guy, he’s a trooper...he knows about my love for J.T. and still stuck around!

I've been provided so many opportunities so I strive to continue to give back to my first love, it’s grown me from the novice nurse I once was to the seasoned nurse that I am today. My teaching philosophy is geared more to the nurturing learning as I was once fortunate to have in an effort to influence someone else’s career as my manager did for me. So just from this little snippet of my life it’s easy to see how my life revolves around nursing and how my love for it grows!

As for my future, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got some visions and goals of course! I am a lifelong learner so I hope to pursue my terminal degree in the near future as well as teach. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a bit about me, if you want to know more well then just continue to monitor...

- Sara RN

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