YON 2020 Day 309: Tiara Rosa, Nursing Student

Preparing to graduate from Lorain County Community College (LCCC) next month, Tiara Rosa explains how a life experience led her to pursue a nursing career and transformed her. She is looking forward to making a difference.

In just a few weeks, I’ll be able to call myself a Nurse! Wow! Honestly, I can’t believe I made it this far.  You always hear stories of nurses who say they always wanted to work in healthcare. For me, a career in nursing was never something I wanted--I always tell people nursing chose me.

Four or five years ago, while I was working at U-Haul, a customer had a heart attack. I called 911 and the operator told me to perform CPR. At the time, I didn’t know anything about CPR and refused to do it because I was terrified and had absolutely no clue what to do. The operator said to me, (and I’ll never forget it) “are you denying to save this man’s life?” I remember standing there shocked, shaking, scared, and honestly so sad that because I lacked the knowledge there was nothing I could do for him. I called the family later that evening and they informed me that he the man had not survived. I remember blaming myself and replaying the operator’s voice in my head.

It was the next week I believe, that I signed up for a CPR class and I applied for different PCNA jobs. I started working as a PCNA within that next month and watched some AMAZING nurses care for patients. I have seen nurses help patients overcome some of the hardest obstacles life gave them and I’ve seen nurses LITERALLY save lives. They are truly superheroes. 

I had no clue how I was going to pay for school. I didn’t have the best grades in high school, and I honestly thought I would fail. However, I knew that I wanted to be able to help people. Applying for nursing school is probably the best decision I have made in life. 

Currently I work in a cardiovascular ICU as a clinical tech and will graduate from nursing school this December. I went from the girl who was so clueless to the girl who literally helps save lives every day.

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