So I mentioned on my Meet Erica page that I’m a nursing student. I know what most people think when they hear the words “nursing major”; they think blood, poop, needles, and YUCK! Well let me be the first person to tell you that, yes, all those things are a pretty accurate description of a nurse’s job. Even though you have to deal with all of the nasty parts of the job, and there are plenty of nasty parts, you get those moments with a patient that shows you that everything is worth it!
I got the chance my senior year in high school to take a clinical class and spend time working at a local nursing home. Now we had some not so fun jobs like cleaning up poop, changing diapers, putting in dentures, and a bunch of other stuff. Even though we had to do all that yucky stuff every day, those little moments when you get to sit down and talk to the patients and hear their stories made it all worth it. To know that spending that little bit of time with the patients and just seeing the smile on their face can brighten your day.
I want to specialize in pediatrics. This means that I want to work with children. I love working with children. They are fun to work around because even if they are going through a hard time or a bad illness, they still have a positive outlook and are always looking for something fun to do. I’ve volunteered at my church for 7 years in the AWANA’s program at my church running the games for children and helping them memorize their bible verses. In those 7 years, I have fallen in love with working for children, and I learned that was part of my calling- to do something to help children. I didn’t expect that I would learn so much from these children.
Back to the nursing part now! My goal after college is to go on to get my Master’s and become a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner. That means working with children that have cancer. I mentioned this in my Meet Erica page, too, and said that it has greatly affected my life. When I was in preschool, I had a best friend in my Sunday school class at church. His name was Lance and he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He died while we were young, so I don’t remember a lot of what he went through, but as I grew up I decided I wanted to learn more about this disease. So growing up I always researched and tried to learn more about leukemia. That wasn’t my only encounter with cancer. My great grandmother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away while I was in elementary school, and my great aunt was diagnosed with cancer in her eye and later on developed another type of cancer, too. I saw her go through chemo, and I saw it tear her down. She always stayed strong-spirited no matter how weak her body became. She died while I was in 7th grade after a long battle with her cancers. Then, a few years later my papaw was told he had a tumor and that there was a possibility that it was cancerous. So he had a surgery to remove it. Luckily it wasn’t cancerous.
My high school years were when things got tough. A girl a year younger than me was diagnosed with bone cancer. Claire had gone to middle school with me and I knew who she was but I wasn’t very close to her. She fought the cancer and eventually went into remission. She was finally able to come back to school, but a little while later she was diagnosed with leukemia. There’s that disease again. She fought her battle the hardest she could with a smile on her face and this light beaming from her eyes showing her strength even in the hardest of times. She had not only her family and friends supporting her, but she had the whole school and community backing her up. She was the inspiration to the school, and little did she know she was an inspiration to me. I followed her story even while I began college. Sad to say that she passed away a little while before her graduation. People say this is when they lost the battle, but with Claire she didn’t lose, she just got tired of winning the battle. She was my inspiration to decide on pediatric oncology.
I have family and friends that have fought cancer and are fighting it right now. Just this past year my dad’s partner at work was diagnosed with cancer, went into remission, cancer came back, and he is now finally back in remission again. Also just this summer, at 11:30 PM the night before my birthday I found out my aunt was diagnosed with cancer, according to the doctors this one is “incurable”, but I believe there is nothing that cannot be cured. There is always a chance of hope and nothing is impossible. She is still fighting her battle today.
So how does this tie into LMU, you may ask? Well duh, I’m a nursing student here, silly! But this is just my first step in pursuing and achieving my dream. With the Math and Science Building being just a year old, we have a great facility to learn in. Most of the equipment is brand new and the work you do is very hands on. I’m excited to start dissecting in my Anatomy and Physiology class this semester. It also houses the Caylor School of Nursing, the nursing program here. There are great faculty and professors here to help you succeed and they truly want to see you succeed. All of the faculty members hold at least a Master’s degree in science and some even have a Doctoral degree. This just adds to the wonderful learning environment here on campus.
If you have any questions about the nursing program here or anything else you can comment on here or email me
and I will try to help you out to the best of my ability!