I remember the time I had to move back in with my parents…

I had this crazy idea of going back to school. Yes, back to school. I wanted to become a Nurse.

I had just been discharged from the hospital, after being treated for an illness that scared me. I had a long conversation with my Nurse on the last day he took care of me.

He enlightened me on what being a Nurse was really like. He talked about impacting lives, saving lives, the possibility of being payed to travel, earning a respectable pay, etc. More than anything, he taught me that Nurses do more than just pass pills and clean up poop.

I was hooked and wanted in.

But, I didn’t have the finances to start. I needed money to apply…. I needed money to pay off outstanding debt before I could submit my school application.. I needed to save money to pay for prerequisite classes…

I needed help.


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I was floundering around in my life, working a job that barely paid my bills. Things weren’t desolate… but I was struggling.

I had nowhere to turn…

….except….

For my parents.

To make a long story short… at this point in my life.. I didn’t have the greatest of relationships with my folks. In order to ask for help, I was going to have to swallow a great deal of pride. I was 29 years old and I was about to ask my parents for not only a great deal of money, but could I move back home?

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That was 14 years ago.

I can proudly say that moment of humility in my life defined my present life.


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I went on to take those pre-req classes and apply to a diploma nursing program.

I went on to graduate from that diploma program and work as a bedside nurse in the ICU as a new grad.

I went on to gain my CCRN certification less than 2 years after working as a bedside nurse.

I went on to attain my BSN.

I went on to attain my MSN and become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

I now mentor and teach all levels of Nurses.

All because I was willing to swallow my pride, tuck my tail between my legs and ask for help.

What are you willing to do to pursue your dreams?


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Originally published by Sean P. Dent on My Strong Medicine

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