Hi class. I am a 32 year old LVN. As a child, I wanted to be a Vet. I am an advocate for all animals and I will rescue just about any animal. I was a vet tech for 8 years and I had an experience that I could not have done on my own, as the Vet. I was taking care of a 3 year old Rottweiler who had cancer in his front elbow on his leg. At the current time, this was about 14 years ago, I had a lab puppy and 2 Rottweiler puppies. I was not in a place to where I could take in another dog.
The family of this 3 year old dog, or should I say the husband who was as cold as the artic, told me that he wanted to just put the dog to sleep. I offered him many other options but he would not even entertain the idea of anything other than putting this gorgeous, sweet boy to sleep. I could tell by the stance of the Rottweiler that the husband and possibly the son’s were abusive to him and possibly the wife as well. It took many hours before the Vet was able to out him to sleep. We called rescues and tried to find him a home within the clinic, with no luck. Knowing that the best think at this time for him would be to put him down. I held him as he passed away and I cried for him and felt my heart break so hard knowing I wasn’t able to keep him safe or take him home.
This was not the only thing that lead me to a life as a nurse. My Papa died in his sleep when I was 20 years old. I was devastated and lost when I was called at the vet and informed that my dad had gone to check on my Papa and found him gone. Althought this man I called my Papa was not blood related to me, he was the man that showed me I could do anything in this world and the person that I looked up to, for he had been through so many things and still took in my father when his dad killed himself and taught him lessons and life as if her was his son. I told my dad “I do not want to have another person die alone in their home or at a nursing home and not know that someone cared and was there in the end”.
I was very blessed that I had my father there for me and for his support to get me into nursing school. I went into LVN school at Concorde and in a year, I graduated with honors and I sat for my Boards. I passed and was a nurse, I was able to achieve my goal of being able to help people and be there to just listen if that’s all they needed. My father paid my school loan in full to help me not have to face the student loans that would have occurred. Two years later, I went to go back to school at Tarrant County College, just to find that all the classes I had taken and time I put into getting my LVN and not one credit transferred to anyone other than another Concorde.
Now I am about 2 years away from getting to have my dream of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. It has not been a walk in the park. I have lost 2 men in my life who could not handle me being a nurse and in nursing school and I have had to take some time off to recover from personal hell I have been put through, but I will not let the bad times or days break my dreams and goals of achieving all my dad and Papa believed I could be.
Working full time as a travel nurse consultant can be very challenging for my schooling at times but I love the job that I am doing and I have worked very hard to be able to be in the place that I am today. I am not going to let a little stress and anxiety take the one job I love away from me, especially after all the horrible jobs and bosses I have had to deal with and who told me that I would never achieve my dreams because I am just an LVN.