Because Nursing Is In Your Blood
By Kathleen Colduvell RN, BSN, BA, CBC
My mom is a nurse. So are my aunt, my uncle, and three of my cousins. Needless to say, if someone ever gets hurt at a family reunion, we have it covered.
But that doesn’t mean I was always destined to become a nurse.
My Nursing Journey
At 18, I went to college determined to study pre-med. I planned to attend a top-notch medical school and change the world by saving one child at a time.
It was a lofty ideal. I never truly factored in the immense amount of work and time achieving my dream would require.
I would have loved to be a doctor, but I also wanted to take part in college life, play soccer, and become a member of the dance squad. I was also a thousand miles away from my family.
My priorities were shifting, and a new dream was needed.
A New Calling
During high school, I worked as a freelance sports reporter for local newspapers and had earned the respect of trained journalists.
I enjoyed reporting and decided that I could make a career of it. With the guidance of a trusted professor, I switched my major to English with a focus in journalism. I continued to take biology classes -- my interest in human anatomy could not be denied.
But my English degree didn’t take me as far as I’d hoped.
I graduated college in a field that was changing. One reason I loved being a reporter was the respect for old school elements like voice recorders, pen and paper, and a good old-fashioned newspaper. But reporting was changing and the focus had shifted to online media with cell phone and text message interviews.
Despite my love for journalism, I longed for something more fulfilling. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. I regretted not working harder, focusing more, and continuing on the pre-med path.
I decided to go back to my roots and pursue something that had always been in my blood – nursing.
Ultimately, I attended Villanova University’s second degree nursing program, which was one of the best decisions of my life. After 16 intense months, I graduated with honors and was ready to conquer the nursing profession.
Nursing -- The Right Choice
Now, nine years later, I can say without question that I chose the right profession.
Was I destined to become a nurse? Perhaps. Was I born to take care of others and help them? Absolutely.
Most ask how I got from journalism to nursing – it’s easy to explain since both help people in different ways.
Do I regret the path I took to get where I am? Absolutely not. Experiencing college and life before becoming a nurse opened my eyes and provided a perspective that I think some new college graduates lack.
My prior college and life experiences were my advantage -- I was more appealing to employers after graduation and was hired for my dream job in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Shortly after, I landed coveted per diem jobs at some of the best hospitals in the Philadelphia region.
What Makes The Nurse Shine
I firmly believe that my background, education, and unique story were part of what got my foot in the door of the nursing profession.
For those who have varied pre-nursing careers, don’t believe that your past will hold you back. Life experience counts for a lot, and you can use your past as a sign of strength and professionalism.
Your experience in other professions can be translated into nursing. Well-rounded people make well-rounded nurses.
Nursing In My Blood
If you ask any nurse why they entered nursing, you’ll get a variety of answers. Some do it to help others, some do it for the money, and there are some who genuinely feel they were destined for a career in nursing, even if they started elsewhere.
My answer is simple -- it was in my blood.
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Kathleen Colduvell RN, BSN, BA, CBC graduated with a degree in English and journalism before going back to nursing school. After graduating from Villanova University, she became a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. Currently, she works at one of the leading children’s hospitals in the country in the NICU, PICU, and CICU, as well as working as a Certified Breastfeeding Consultant.