Forever Learning

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever" (Mahatma Gandhi).

The above quote is how I strive to live my life, especially relating to my career and nursing. I knew that I wanted to be a nurse; however, as an eighteen year old I enjoyed college life more than studying. As a result I did not have the required prerequisites to enroll in the nursing program. I made the decision to return to nursing school to earn an Associates in Nursing, after already completing a Bachelor's in Health Science and Master"s in Public Health Education. Nursing school was the hardest thing I have ever done and the most rewarding. I realized Gandhi's truth and nursing was my way to "live as if I were to die tomorrow". I have found pride, joy and true fulfillment being a nurse. Caring for another human being at their most vulnerable provides me with the satisfaction of serving others.

It was difficult for me to make the decision to apply for this MSN program. As a novice nurse I know work experience is just as important as learning the fundamentals. With limited work experience I wondered if taking on additional nursing education was appropriate. However, following Gandhi's philosophy, I know that an MSN from Loyola University New Orleans is the right decision for me. By pursing a specialization in Health Care System Management I plan to become a Nurse Educator. This role will allow me to lead and encourage those individuals I work with, as well as prospective nurses. Patients will benefit from my leadership skills through more effective communication and innovative thinking.

I am very excited to take the next step in fulfilling my dream and become a professional Nurse Educator.