You sound like some of the folks in my nursing class. One girl used to commute from the Laredo area to San Antonio...every single day.
Now that is some dedication!
I could not imagine having to do that.
I like to hear stories like this. Plenty of people have to put up with serious adversity to make something out of themselves. It's inspirational.
But you know...few people who are successful had it handed to them.
You have to work for it. That separates the winners from the losers of life...because many (MANY) people are willing to just 'accept' the card that life gave them.
You want to live up to your highest potential. So...I try. I've always told myself that I never wanted to look back as an old woman and regret.
My path into nursing school wasn't difficult. I decided to switch majors and Go Nursing...becuase I miss the hospital. I miss the environement. It's all that I know and all that I want to do...honestly.
I feel, like, the medical field is the one place where everyone's job counts. From the cooks in the cafeteria to the custodians who keep the area clean and smeling nice.
It counts because you're all contributing to something great. Worthwhile. It's a higher purpose.
Money? Yeah - I like it. But I would've made money regardless of what I choose. It just feels good to contribute to something greater than your SELF.
So, I switched. It's more important to me to get my credentials to get on the floor ASAP...because it is experience that makes the healthcare professional. Not a bunch of degrees...and I say this as a GVN who will be pursing a BSN and higher. I respect those with degrees.
However, those who know best? Know what I mean...and they know that I'm not lying.
So, I was slapped on a waiting list and I went to a vocational school FT.
I worked FT. Sometimes over 40. I'd get these crazy ideas that I'd never make it out of school, but here I am. My instructor pulled me to the side one day, "I know that it's been rough for you...but you'll do well. I can spot talent. You're going to make a great nurse!"
This was a very experienced ER nurse (which is where I eventually want to work). So, any kind of praise coming from her? Meant a lot. So, my mood instantly disappeared and I was floating on air the rest of the week.
Now, I'm out of school and looking to take NCLEX.
I don't know. When you accomplish a life goal? It just feels good.
Some of my classmates had a way tougher road. Losing jobs...losing cars...working FT and having babies to feed...trying to get through school while pregnant....no food to eat...a loved one with cancer
I've said this before on here, but 1 of classmates was homeless.
We didn't even know until the last semester. My heart was so full.
No way in heck would I have let that girl sleep in her car had I known. I'm not the only one in my former class who would've extended a room in my home, either.
But I understand why she said nothing. I wouldn't have said anything, either. Stubbornly, I still wish that she had. She didn't have to live like that.
Another girl, we would buy her food because she had nothing to eat and no money to buy anything. How'd we find out? She 'fell out' at clinicals.
...but they all MADE IT!
I'm so happy for them.
When there is a will...there is a way. I've found that when people get good and determined? They'll
make a way out of 'no way'.