posted on Friday, September 1, 2023 in
Jackie Davis had a full-ride scholarship to pursue a teaching degree at a four-year university, but after one semester she knew it wasn't the right path for her. She switched majors to social work, and while on an internship at a local nursing home, they suggested she'd make a great nurse aid. 这个主意对她很有吸引力.
Jackie left the university and became a 注册护理员 (CNA). Her employer saw potential, and sent her next to become a Certified Medication Aide (CMA). Things started to fall into place.
"I did that and I was like, 'you know, I think that this is kind of my calling'," she said.
In February 2020 she was accepted into Hawkeye's 护理程序, around the same time she found out she was expecting. She worried about the stress of managing nursing school while pregnant, but the instructors and advisors at Hawkeye helped her feel at ease.
"I had instructors emailing me on the weekends and they’d be like, ‘嘿, do you need any help with this? Do you want to do a test review? 你想这么做吗?’”杰基回忆道.
Thanks to her strong support network at home and on campus, Jackie persevered. She passed both her 实际的护理 and Registered Nurse boards on the first try, and now works at MercyOne in 滑铁卢 with cardiac and kidney patients.
"I never expected to have hearts and kidneys become my passion," she said. "I cannot wait to see where I go in the next three years, next 30 years."
- 注册护理员 (CNA)