Hi everyone I’m Kristina,
As long as I can remember being a nurse was what I wanted to be when I grew up. Soon after I was 18 years-old I began working in the hospital setting as a CNA. I soon discovered that pediatrics was the area that I wanted to work in, so I took my career down that path and became a PCT at a pediatric hospital. Well, life happened and I didn’t begin my nursing school adventure until I was in my 30s.
Going to nursing school while being a single mom was one of the most difficult, exhausting, and testing things I have ever done in my life. However, at the same time it was the most rewarding and best decisions I could have made for not only myself but for my son as well. Going to nursing school not only allowed myself to see what I was made of what I could do if I put my mind to something. But it also showed my son that if you want something you work for it, and that you can make your dreams come true if you are determined.
Now that I have been a pediatric nurse for almost a year, I have learned so much that not only changes my practices as a nurse, but also some of my practices as a mom. During my journey in the pediatric setting I have dealt with so much tragedy and heartache that have struck families. When these families are in the hospital, I try my hardest to make that experience the easiest it can be when they are in such a time of need and hurt. When I leave from work, I can’t always just shut off what I have seen, which is why some mornings I go home and hug my son just a little tighter.
I do want to encourage any single parent out there wanting more for themselves and kid(s) that if you have a career dream you can make that dream a reality if you put your mind to it. Please do not think that because you are a single parent you cannot go back to school or change your path and journey that you are on. I cannot express enough that if it’s your dream then go after it.
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