About dlmjourney

 
 
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It all started when…

I decided to go to nursing school. Originally, I had a strong passion to take pre-med courses, but nursing seemed pretty convincing. I was always fascinated with the human body and excelled in my science courses. In high school, I looked into how many years of medical school and residency will take me and honestly, it was inviting. I was single… with no commitments, so why not?

However, I wanted to weigh my options. I looked into nursing to see what my opportunities were. Imagine getting into a career that has a demand and a variety of opportunities for professional development. Most professions have clinical advancement opportunities, but nursing has so many avenues. And that’s exactly what I was looking for.

I went to Towson University for my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). Towson was definitely a great experience, but unfortunately, the tuition costs were too high for me. I decided to go to a community college where I could get my Associate’s of Science in Nursing.

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I decided to make a financial decision and transfer to College of Southern Maryland where I officially started nursing school. I had the pleasure of getting my Certificate in Practical Nursing in 2014 and was able to practice as an LPN at a doctor’s office. I eventually transitioned to Inova Fairfax Medical Center as a LPN technician, where my duties included phlebotomy and nursing assistant duties. On March 2016, I passed my NCLEX and became a Registered Nurse on a medical-surgical unit.

Working on a medical-surgical unit opened my eyes to a variety of experiences. Each were memorable and meaningful. Most importantly, I have met a wonderful set of people who have supported me so much during my nursing career.