Today’s post is a little bit different! I’ve shared in the past a little bit about my current job but I decided today I would share a little bit more about my journey through my nursing career!
When I was 16 years old I knew that I was going to be a nurse. And Jamaican culture it’s very common to know what you want to do at a very young age and go after it and pursue it. My dad was expecting me to know what I wanted to do and then make the proper steps to make it happen. I remember the idea of coming into my head after spending some time with God and asking him “what do you want me to do with my life?” Once the idea came into my head I remember running to my school nurse and asking her if she thought it was a good idea! I remember so vividly her saying “Of course it is!” I then remember going home and sharing my desire with my parents and them fully supporting it. At the time there was quite the nursing shortage and so it was the perfect time to get into nursing.
I was in an arts magnet high school which offered a lot of opportunities for us to go to local universities to take college courses, one being Yale. Although I grew up in the suburbs my father made an extra effort to make sure that I was cultured. He moved me out of the suburbs into the inner city for high school. I am thankful for his decision.
In my junior year of high school I also had the opportunity to leave high school early and take college courses for both semesters. I got into the program and was able to spend my senior year earning college credit. Because I knew I wanted to be a nurse we started to look at programs in the area that we could afford. Along with looking at nursing programs I was starting to take courses to become a certified nurses assistant. I was looking at places like UMass and UCONN while my dad was looking at places locally. I was very disappointed when he found a place in Bridgeport Connecticut that I could go to complete my nursing degree in two years. Not only could I take my nursing courses there but I could live on campus as well. I went with my father to check out the school. I remember him making the decision right then and there that this is where I would go. It ended up being one of those scenarios where father knows best. During my time at the school I was able to work at a local hospital as a certified nurses assistant. I began to make relationships with people that would lead me to getting my entire nursing degree paid for.
Fast forward a few years and I made it out of nursing school alive!! I had been working at the hospital and got a job right away on the cardiac unit taking care of patients that had open heart surgery. In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working in the ICU, Med-Surg unit, long-term care acute centers, nursing homes, and now I am currently at a local hospital working as a nurse Case Manager doing discharge planning. It has been the ride of my life and a huge source of provision for my family!! I’m so glad that God lead me down this path. Nearly 14 years and I am still at it!
On to these Landau Scrubs!! They were my absolute favorite when I was running around on the floor and even now as a Case Manager we sometimes wear them on the weekend and it is the best!!!! I have always loved Landau for the following reasons: The colors of their scrubs are always vibrant and never fade! They have a variety of styles, and different lines that come out through out the year, and a range of sizes (XS-5 XL). Besides from all of that amazing-ness, for me comfort is everything and these scrubs could literally be slept in!! They are SO comfy and soft… NO JOKE!! I love it because the company describes the scrubs in personality for each woman and these are described as perfect for “High demanding career who wants scrubs that can keep up with her. Enjoys style, but not sacrificing quality or value.” Totally the case for me! For all my readers that are in healthcare, you have to know that these are my top brand for scrubs and they never disappoint!! They can be found a Landau.com, Amazon and Brick & Mortar uniform & scrub stores.
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Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!!! Have an amazing weekend! Much love,
All Photos By: Jessica Sheppard